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President Trump's Transition Team Was Ordered to Preserve Documents

President Trump's Transition Team Was Ordered to Preserve Documents

A request to Trump campaign officials to preserve certain documents has revealed the scope of the ongoing investigation into the team's potential ties to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the New York Times reported today, as Trump again assailed the probes.

The memo Thursday came from Kory Langhofer of the transition team's general counsel's office.

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As a former staffer or volunteer of the Presidential Transition Team, you have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations, as described below in more detail.

The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow. They are Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump. Flynn was sacked for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of a call with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Both the Special Counsel and the Senate Intelligence Committee are staffing up, and the Counsel's investigation is expanding to look at new areas.

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The memo also orders transition team members to preserve any records of foreign travel by transition officials or Trump campaign officials. Rather, please return to us such materials, if any, that were not saved to the Presidential Transition Team email system or network and are in your personal files or on your personal devices.

Lawyers often send these types of notices after receiving a preservation order from the Justice Department or in anticipation of such an order, the newspaper reported.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members.

US President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday on Twitter that he is personally under investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election.

A person familiar with Mueller's inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday Mueller was looking into whether Trump or others attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. The request covered the entire length of the campaign and transition, from June 2015 when Trump first announced his candidacy, to the inauguration on Jan 20.


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