Kory Langhofer a lawyer for Trump for America send a seven page letter to both the House and Senate committees saying that the special counsel run by Robert Mueller into Russian collusion in the 2016 election were illegally obtained.
No one is buying it.
Spokesperson for the Special Counsel's Office, Peter Carr immediately shut down the allegation saying,
“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.”
Renato Mariotti, candidate for Illinois Attorney General and former federal prosecutor, set the record straight in a series of tweets explaining the situation from a legal standpoint.
1/ As I told @NatashaBertrand, this is a publicity stunt and political attack, not a serious legal challenge. Trump’s lawyers are complaining to Congress because their legal argument is a loser. No court would take it seriously. https://t.co/KvXeEIWAj0— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 17, 2017
2/ Prosecutors often obtain emails from a third party, like Google or Yahoo. When they do so, they typically obtain a warrant. Here, they obtained them from a government agency without a warrant.— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 18, 2017
3/ Why were they able to do that? Because the Trump team signed an agreement saying that they had no expectation of privacy as to the emails on the server. That settles the entire issue because warrants are only necessary when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy.— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 18, 2017
4/ When you agree that you don’t have privacy as to something, you can’t raise a Fourth Amendment challenge. That’s why they’re making arguments to Congress and haven’t bothered contacting Mueller. It’s a stunt. /end— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 18, 2017
If Mueller didn’t follow the law, a court would suppress the evidence so it couldn’t be used. The reason Trump’s lawyers are writing letters to Congress instead of Mueller or a court is because their legal arguments have no merit. https://t.co/6Vy7jwKcY4— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 17, 2017
I would not expect any less from Mr. Mueller. I do not believe for one second that he has not covered all his bases; so has members of his team!— EmaniP (@emalpeake1) December 17, 2017
At some point, the lightbulb will begin to flicker and Trump’s lawyers will realize they are dealing with a professional in Mueller.— Erroll Southers (@esouthersHVE) December 17, 2017
It says a lot that Mueller's spokesperson came out and spoke. Doesn't happen very often, if at all.— Tracy C (@TracyTrixie8) December 17, 2017
They know Mueller is too sharp a prosecutor to do anything that would invalidate his investigation and that scares the hell out of them.— Cherrylann St.John (@csstjohn) December 17, 2017
Another indication that Trump is guilty. He is employing politics instead of the legal system.— Jerry Critter (@JerryCritter) December 17, 2017
Pretense. Artificial smoke to convince enough people there must be fire - when in reality it’s the Trump spokespeople and lawyers blasting the Fox News set with a cheap fog machine.— Jase (@AceMcTasty) December 17, 2017
Muddying the waters to create confusion.... attack, blame, and accuse to keep your opponent on the defensive.— MJupiter (@mjupiter90) December 17, 2017