Donald Trump knows that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has him backed into a corner, and he’s trying the most desperate tactics to get himself out of his Russia scandal.
Recently, Axios released a report suggesting that Mueller now has access “many tens of thousands” of Trump’s transition team emails – and now Trump and his lawyers are freaking out big time. One of their tactics includes trying to smear Mueller, stating that Mueller had obtained those emails through illegal means.
Kory Langhofer, the lawyer for Trump for America, wrote a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stating that authorities had “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office.” According to Reuters, Langhofer accused Mueller’s team of knowingly getting their hands on the ‘illegally acquired’ emails and using “the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege” without informing Trump for America. Langhofer begged the committees to “protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.”
What Trump’s lawyers didn’t bet on, was that Mueller and his team would shoot those claims down so quickly. In a statement to Buzzfeed this morning, Special Counsel’s Office spokesperson Peter Carr said:
“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”
“Their claims themselves are weak and are meant to persuade people who know nothing about criminal investigations.”
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