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“Cascading Problem of Contamination”: Lawyers Take Blowtorch To Mueller Email Seizure That “Likely Violated Law”

Legal experts weighing in on special counsel Robert Mueller’s seizure of Trump transition emails believe not only did the move likely violate the law, but may represent a larger problem for Russia investigators if they decide to go to trial. Lawyer Robert Barnes argues the document grab “cannot conform to either Fourth Amendment standards or attorney-client privilege protections.”

In an op-ed titled “LEGAL ANALYSIS: Why Mueller’s Seizure of Transition Emails Likely Violated the Law” Barnes writes:

Courts held individuals who agreed, as a condition of employment to “any future searches” did not waive their right against such searches because the waiver failed to give them the “right to refuse to give consent to the future search.”

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December 19, 2017 


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