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18 December 2017, 12:47 | Colleen Roy
J. Scott Applewhite AP
Lawyers for President Trump's transition team has cried foul on thousands of private emails now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Arizona-based attorney Kory Langhofer claims Mueller's acquisition of the emails violated attorney-client privilege and the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
In addition to whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation to help him win last year's election, the special counsel is also looking at possible obstruction of justice linked to Trump's firing of Comey.
Langhofer detailed his claims in a seven-page letter sent to Congressional oversight committees over the weekend.
On whether Mueller should have disclosed that they had obtained the emails, Loewentritt added, "That's between the Special Counsel and the transition team". They also follow Mueller's removal of one of his investigators after learning he had exchanged text messages with an Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney that showed bias against then-candidate Trump.
The tens of thousands of emails in question pertain to 13 senior Trump transition officials. Trump campaign adviser George Papadoupolos and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, both for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their conversations with Russians.
The transition sources said they were surprised about the emails because they have been in touch with Mueller's team and have cooperated.
But GSA official Lenny Loewentritt said there was nothing improper about the disclosure of the emails to Mr Mueller's team.
Mr Langhofer said he was assured by former GSA general counsel Richard Beckler that any request for documents from Mr Mueller's office would be referred to the transition team's attorneys.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he doesn't have any reason to believe President Donald Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
The latest complaint against Mueller comes amid a barrage of criticism from Trump allies that the special counsel investigation itself is tainted on multiple fronts. What are they afraid was found?
The lawyer added that TFA had a "reasonable expectation of privacy in those emails" and claims that in order for the special counsel to have received the materials it would have needed a warrant or a subpoena. "Baloney. This is another attempt to discredit Mueller as his #TrumpRussia probe tightens", Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat and member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence panels, posted on Twitter.
I have to say that there would be something flawless about this - a special counsel investigating, in part, the circumstances that led to his appointment would be fired, perhaps leading to an impeachment about the circumstances of his ouster.
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