DOJ Inspector General should investigate Mueller warrantless seizure of Trump transition emails

Dec. 19, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to investigate allegations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, without a warrant, seized Trump transition emails from the General Services Administration:

“The Department of Justice Inspector General is engaged in an investigation of misconduct by department officials who attempted to impact the 2016 election with a politically motivated counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign and then transition. Special Counsel Robert Mueller falls under the purview of the department, and he reportedly engaged in a warrantless all-encompassing collection of communications within the Trump transition team in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment and the 1987 O’Connor v. Ortega Supreme Court decision. Therefore, the Inspector General should immediately incorporate this abuse of power by the Special Counsel into its investigation. This is misconduct at the highest levels of the Justice Department, and a gross violation of the constitutional rights of everyone who participated in the transition, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.”

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“[W]e reject the contention made by the Solicitor General and petitioners that public employees can never have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their place of work. Individuals do not lose Fourth Amendment rights merely because they work for the government instead of a private employer.”  O’Connor v. Ortega (1987) at

Warrantless searches by Mueller of Trump transition emails ‘stain on American jurisprudence’, Statement by Rick Manning, Dec. 18, 2017, at

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