"In order to assist these investigations, the Presidential Transition Team and its current and former personnel have a responsibility to ensure that, to the extent potentially relevant documents exist, they are properly preserved", the memo stated.
Information on former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former adviser Carter Page, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, business partner of Manafort's Rick Gates, and Roger Stone, who is called an informal Trump adviser in the document, is also being sought in the memo.
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.
Evidence of that expansion can be seen in orders that have gone out to members of Trump's transition team.
Russian Federation has also denied the allegations it interfered in the U.S. election, characterizing them as an effort to deflect public opinion from actual instances of election fraud and corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.
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Baxter said it was imperative for all stakeholders to be on the same page when it comes to national team. He added that the team had a big motivation and that the players were doing well in their training.
Flynn, dismissed by Trump in February after it emerged he had misled Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador, is a subject in investigations by intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the FBI.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" Manafort, Page and Stone have also been linked to the Russian Federation investigations. He added, "At this time, I have not been contacted by any law enforcement organisation in connection with the Russian Federation investigations". The White House has denied any collusion.
Rosenstein now has such authority because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on 2 March after revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while he was a Trump campaign advisor.
The requested records include a host of electronic communications and documents including "emails, voicemails, text messages, audio recordings, videos, photographs or images, calendar records and diary data", and asks that aides "immediately suspend any deletion, modification, overwriting, or other possible destruction of the information described above". Lawyers sometimes send these notices on their own in anticipation of such an order.
Earlier on Thursday, the president had lashed out on Twitter about the investigation, calling it "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" 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.