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."
1/ Today @axios reported that Mueller obtained tens of thousands of emails from the General Services Administration… https://t.co/qqsaGcTdxt— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513465513.0
3/ Now Trump’s team has written a letter to Congress, complaining that some of the materials were “susceptible to p… https://t.co/iKZg0T8OTD— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513466227.0
5/ What *is* unusual here is that Mueller obtained emails from GSA even though he could have obtained (many of) the… https://t.co/PbbCQjmQcw— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513466678.0
7/ That’s because the defense team would review the emails, take out the ones that are not relevant, sort the email… https://t.co/wYUSvggOBA— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513467248.0
9/ One reason comes to mind. Mueller was concerned that he wouldn’t receive all of the emails if he obtained them f… https://t.co/NjBA2WSL4x— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513467715.0
11/ I doubt that’s why Mueller obtained emails from GSA because any good lawyer would have reviewed the emails with… https://t.co/8mYvzb0TgB— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513467878.0
13/ If that happened here, it would mean a federal judge found that there was good reason to believe that a crime w… https://t.co/Jn3ULEMUVo— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513468130.0
15/ If Mueller obtained a privileged email, the defense would be able to exclude it as evidence at trial. Typically… https://t.co/T14pSHBuAC— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513468327.0
17/ Instead of sending a letter to Mueller, the attorneys sent a letter to Congress. Why? Probably to try to feed t… https://t.co/Zu8V8fK1r2— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513468496.0
19/ The biggest conclusion I’d draw from their letter is that they’re concerned about Mueller’s investigation and a… https://t.co/uhIdN6yRQc— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1513468776.0