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Mueller notes show that Trump wanted stolen Democratic emails possessed by WikiLeaks

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE and officials on his 2016 presidential campaign had several private conversations about how they could obtain stolen Democratic emails WikiLeaks had possession of in 2016, according to new interview notes from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE obtained and released by CNN.

The notes recount interviews with former deputy campaign chairman Rick GatesRick GatesSunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds How to combat Putin's financial aggression MORE in which he detailed the Trump campaign’s efforts to obtain damaging information on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE, including emails that the intelligence community later concluded were stolen by Russian hackers. 

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"Gates recalled a time on the campaign aircraft when candidate Trump said, 'get the emails.' [Michael] Flynn said he could use his intelligence sources to obtain the emails," investigators wrote in a summary of Gates's April 2018 interview with Mueller's team. 

Flynn was a foreign policy adviser for the campaign and ultimately became Trump's first national security adviser. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017 and faces up to five years in prison on the current charge.

"Flynn had the most Russia contacts of anyone on the campaign and was in the best position to ask for the emails if they were out there," the investigators added. 

Gates went on to describe how advisers to Trump and Trump’s family members mulled methods of getting the stolen documents.

"Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpSinger Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' More voters say pardons for Trump's family would be inappropriate: poll Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign MORE would ask where the emails were in family meetings. Michael Flynn, [Jared] Kushner, [Paul] Manafort, [Redacted] [Corey] Lewandowski, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds MORE, and Sam Clovis expressed interest in obtaining the emails as well. Gates said the priority focuses of the Trump campaign opposition research team were Clinton's emails and contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Flynn, [Redacted] [Jeff] Sessions, Kushner, and [Donald] Trump Jr. were all focused on opposition topics," Gates told investigators, according to the summary. 

Mueller had previously written in his final conclusions that Trump’s campaign repeatedly showed interest in the hacked emails that Wikileaks had, but several details of the report were redacted. 

Trump infamously publicly requested that Russia provide the hacked documents, sparking criticism that he was inviting foreign election meddling. 

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said in July 2016, referring to Clinton’s deleted messages. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

CNN obtained 274 pages of Mueller team interview notes, emails and documents related to Gates’s cooperation, among other things, after suing the Justice Department for access. According to the news outlet, CNN will release more of these new documents in the coming months.