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Russia Meddling Probe Investigates Green Party Candidate, Trump Transition Emails

by Countable | 12.20.17

Here’s the latest on the probe into possible collusion between presidential campaigns and Moscow:

(For a deep dive, head to our Countable Explains: Who's Who in the Russia Meddling Investigation.)

Were “tens of thousands” of emails illegally obtained?

On December 16, Axios reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had obtained "tens of thousands" of emails from 12 accounts linked to President Donald Trump’s transition team.

Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America, sent a letter to the House and Senate oversight committees claiming Mueller’s team unlawfully obtained the documents.

"A lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad," Trump said over the weekend. “Not looking good. It’s not looking good.”

However, when asked if he plans to fire the special counsel, the President responded: "No, I’m not."

A spokesman for Mueller’s team rejected allegations that the emails were illegally obtained.

"When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office.

Did Jill Stein's campaign collude with the Russians?

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign to turn over documents, citing possible "collusion with the Russians."

In 2015, Stein attended a dinner in Moscow hosted by RT, a TV network funded by the Russian government. Stein and Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, were photographed sharing a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Stein released a statement on Monday evening defending her campaign.

—Josh Herman

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  • KansasTamale
    12/20/2017
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    Every tentacle of this investigation is important. ALL THE CULPRITS NEED TO BE OUTED.

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  • Mark
    12/21/2017
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    The Trump administration has very likely committed treason, conspiracy against the United States and obstruction of justice. The GOP is doing their best to coverup and minimize his crimes. It’s time for patriotic Americans to stand up for our country and call for their prosecution. Mueller is coming. We will not forget.

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  • Sheryl
    12/21/2017
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    Trump was so focused on Hillary’s emails that he failed to realize his own were being hacked by Mueller. Karma

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  • Amy
    12/21/2017
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    Witch Hunt. Senator Joe McCarthy. The Republican led Intelligence committee. Investigating Jill Stein for collision with the Russians defies reasonable perspective. The Republicans love fighting and are highly defensive and very aggressive and competitive. They will not stand for allowing a sensible investigation such as the trump Russia connection without a retaliatory, tax payer drain investigation on tree-hugging Stein. Remember Joe McCarthy. It's right under our noses.

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  • Sheryl
    12/21/2017
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    Do you think Dr Jill Stein was ALSO in the famed pee-pee video? Just kidding. RT hosts many progressive shows and personalities. Dr Stein would have found her potential constituents at RT. I don’t think there was anything nefarious going on.

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