Mueller illegally obtained tens of thousands of e-mails, Trump team says

    17 de diciembre de 2017

    Washington, Dec 17 (efe-epa).- The special prosecutor investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, Robert Mueller, illegally obtained tens of thousands of e-mails, according to a lawyer with President Donald Trump's transition team, local media reported Sunday.

    In a letter sent to congressional committees, attorney Kory Langhofer, with the non-profit Trump for America group, said that Mueller's team illegally received the e-mails linked to the investigation from the US government's General Services Administration.

    According to the letter, cited by Fox News and the Politico Web site, among other media outlets, the release of "tens of thousands" of e-mails containing "privileged information" could constitute "unlawful conduct" by the GSA staff in handing over transition documents to Mueller's office.

    If such conduct was unlawful, this could be a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, according to Langhofer.

    The Trump for America group used the GSA offices, staff and e-mail server during the period between Trump's November 2016 election and his inauguration in January 2017.

    Langhofer said in the letter that Mueller's office obtained the records from the GSA despite being "aware" that that agency did not own or control the documents in question and that it used that material in its probe.

    According to Politico, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr defended the special counsel's work in a statement issued after publication of Langhofer's letter.

    "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," Carr said.