Some of the materials are "susceptible to claims of privilege", the lawyer, Kory Langhofer, said in the letter. It's pretty likely that agents involved in the investigation chose to pursue the emails under the radar so that they could surprise witnesses and other persons of interest in the investigation with questions-or they were skeptical that the Trump team would actually transfer over all of the emails. In recent weeks, opponents of the investigation have focused on text messages that two former members of the special counsel team exchanged about Trump during the campaign, before Trump was elected.
"I seriously doubt there is anything here to taint the [Mueller] investigation", said William Jeffress, a white-collar defense attorney who represented Vice President Dick Cheney's senior aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, during the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation. Some reportedly came from Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, who is now a White House advisor.
However, some of the president's allies believe this is delusional, wishful thinking - and they fear what Trump will do if that exoneration letter never comes.
Jeanine Pirro, a Fox News commentator who recently met with Trump, called the special counsel investigation a "criminal cabal" and the FBI a "crime family" and suggested that top ranking bureau officials should not only be fired, but taken "out in cuffs".
So far, other than issuing characteristic attacks on Twitter, the president has fought something of a proxy war. White House attorney Ty Cobb on Saturday declined comment about the transition team's specific complaint, but he insisted to POLITICO that an ouster of Mueller isn't in the offing.
News about the transition emails added fuel to that fire. On Friday, Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said he thought Republicans were seeking to shut down that panel's Russian Federation investigation.
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The California congresswoman Jackie Speier, meanwhile, told TV station KQED News: "The rumour on [Capitol] Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week".
On Sunday, the Texas Republican senator John Cornyn told ABC's This Week that move would be a "mistake".
However, several Republican politicians have dialled up their criticism of Mr Mueller and the staff working on the investigation.
"There's no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House", Mr Short said.
Almost half (47 per cent) of all respondents said they were "extremely or very concerned about whether Trump or others involved with his campaign had inappropriate contacts with the Russian government".