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GOP senators push Trump to release emails from his transition team

Senate Republicans on Tuesday asked President-elect Donald Trump to declassify emails from former President Barack Obama’s transition team, but they want to ensure the emails aren’t used against the new administration.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the emails should be released to “prove our government’s actions were lawful.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, S.C.) also suggested that emails from Obama’s team should be made public.

The emails released by the Obama administration in 2016 showed Trump surrogates including former Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others were meeting with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump fired Flynn after a secretly taped conversation revealed Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia.

The White House has repeatedly denied there were any contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials during the campaign.