Throughout the 2016 election, even as Hillary Clinton was fully cooperating with what turned out to be a hyper-partisan investigation of her perfectly legal use of email, Donald Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed that she was somehow hiding crucial emails. We learned long ago that whenever Trump falsely accuses his enemies of something, it’s because he’s secretly guilty of that same thing. Now we’re learning that Trump did indeed try to hide emails from investigators – fifty thousand of them in total – but he didn’t hide them nearly well enough.
It’s just now being revealed that all along, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has secretly had every single email sent and received by the Trump transition team. He got them from the GSA a long time ago, according to an Axios report (link). Then he tricked the Trump team into believing he didn’t have them, by asking them to turn over the emails. They only turned over a fraction, and kept the rest. This lulled Trump’s people into a false sense of security, thinking they could get away with lying about what was really in the most incriminating emails.
It’s already been established that Michael Flynn told the Trump transition team about how he was illegally conspiring with the Russian Ambassador to sabotage President Obama’s sanctions. Trump doesn’t use email himself. But his entire transition team did, meaning several of them are nailed to the wall. In addition, they surely used email to discuss what they’d told Trump (and transition team leader Mike Pence for that matter) about the conspiracy. In other words, Mueller has a ton of Trump’s people nailed who, until today, had no idea they were nailed.
It’s no coincidence that this devastating revelation is surfacing just as the media is convinced that Donald Trump is about to fire Robert Mueller. We still don’t believe that’s likely. But Mueller is clearly taking no chances. He’s just made clear to several of Trump’s people that he can arrest them the minute Trump starts the somewhat complicated process of trying to fire Mueller. Moreover, Mueller is signaling that he’s sitting on evidence against not just the transition team, but all of Trump’s people. They now know they have to keep Trump from firing Mueller to save themselves.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report