President Trump’s legal team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller of improperly obtaining confidential communications, some of which may be protected by attorney-client privilege. If true, this could raise the stakes significantly in the battle between the White House and the obviously partisan Special Counsel. What, if anything, President Trump will do about this remains to be seen. It has been widely speculated that President Trump may be considering firing Mueller. If he does so, these revelations certainly add further justification for doing so.
From Fox News:
A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.
In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team’s attorney alleges “unlawful conduct” by the career staff at the General Services Administration in handing over transition documents to the special counsel’s office.
The transition legal team argues the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could be a violation of the 4th Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America, wrote in Saturday’s letter that the GSA handed over “tens of thousands of emails” to Mueller’s probe without “any notice” to the transition.
The attorney argues some of the documents include confidential attorney-client and privileged communications.