Ex-federal prosecutor: Trump team is 'playing politics' with accusations Mueller obtained emails 'illegally'
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on MSNBC (Screen capture)

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained the political gamesmanship behind Trump-allied attorney Kory Langhofer's contention that special counsel Bob Mueller illegally obtained tens of thousands of emails from President Donald Trump's White House transition team.

Mariotti said that the accusations -- like the rest of the right-wing attacks on Mueller -- are just Trump supporters "playing politics" and attempting to ink the waters around the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election -- the topic Trump and his boosters most want to avoid.

In a series of tweets, Mariotti said that the way Trump's defenders are flailing is "a bad sign for them."