President Trump’s lawyers and supporters have significantly increased their attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller, but the president says he is not considering dismissing the prosecutor. Over the weekend, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said Mueller should examine his team’s political leanings, and a lawyer for Trump charged that the special counsel had improperly gotten emails from the presidential transition team, the New York Times reports. Legal experts said there was no indication that Mueller, who has wide power to obtain documents through written requests, subpoenas and search warrants, improperly obtained the transition emails. Amid the barrage of criticism, Mueller’s office issued a rare statement on Sunday defending how the information had been obtained during the inquiry into Russian election meddling.
“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,” said spokesman Peter Carr. A lawyer for Trump said in a letter to Congress that the General Services Administration, the government agency that had the transition team’s emails, had handed them over to Mueller’s investigators in August without allowing transition team lawyers to review them. The documents, the lawyer argued, should have been shielded by various privileges, like attorney-client privilege.