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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE obtained and released by CNN.

The notes recount interviews with former deputy campaign chairman Rick GatesRick GatesProsecutor says Stone lied to Congress to protect Trump as trial opens Trial of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone begins Mueller notes show that Trump wanted stolen Democratic emails possessed by WikiLeaks MORE in which he detailed the Trump campaign’s efforts to obtain damaging information on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpKhizr Khan: Trump family 'has no idea what service and sacrifice is' Hillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Facebook, YouTube to remove 'any and all' mention of potential whistleblower's name MORE would ask where the emails were in family meetings. Michael Flynn, [Jared] Kushner, [Paul] Manafort, [Redacted] [Corey] Lewandowski, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attends football game with Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate race opponent Bradley Byrne Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship Tide, Tigers and Trump: President hopes for home-field advantage in Alabama 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.