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18 December 2017, 12:47 | Floyd Cook
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Mueller's team, "has extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege, and without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA's rights and privileges".
But here's how Mueller got those emails, according to the picture of events emerging on Sunday: According to CNN, he simply asked the General Services Administration, which hosted the.gov domain on which the emails were stored, to hand them over.
Fox News first reported that Kory Langhofer, the attorney for the President's Trump for America transition team, sent a letter to the Senate Homeland Security Committee and House Oversight Committee accusing staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) of "unlawful conduct" for giving Mueller the documents.
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.
In other words, the transition team geniuses apparently did not consider the possibility that federal investigators could easily obtain emails they sent on federal government systems. Beckler died in September.
While there's nothing yet to indicate whether there was anything explosive in those emails, the administration is clearly spooked.
The Trump team complained these were illegally obtained, but Special Counsel's spokesman Peter Carrtold various outlets that the process was perfectly legal.
Loewentritt told BuzzFeed News that the GSA initially "suggested a warrant or subpoena" for the materials, but that the Special Counsel's Office determined the letter route was sufficient.
This weekend's dispute is the latest chapter in an ongoing campaign by Trump's Republican allies against Mueller and his team. "Justice by any means isn't justice". This is a result of the disturbing evidence of political bias of top Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and prosecutors, (we editorialized about this Thursday) but is completely at odds with point 1.
The emails pertain to 13 senior transition officials and many include national security discussions about possible Trump global aims. Trump has called the allegation a "witch hunt" by Democrats.
The letter added that a warrant should have been obtained for such materials, and said it violated the Presidential Transition Act.
I have to say that there would be something ideal 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.
The email records are incredibly sensitive, given they include national security discussions about possible global goals for Mr Trump and contain candid assessments of candidates for top government posts.
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