Congress can learn a lot from Mueller and Comey.
For example, Mueller recently obtained Trump transition documents from the General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA handed over “tens of thousands of emails” to Mueller’s probe without “any notice” to the transition team. The GSA, an agency within the United States government, provided the transition team with office space and hosted its email servers.
Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America (TFA), argues the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could be a violation of the Fourth Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
However, if Trump for America would have utilized their own server in a bathroom closet – well, then we know all email could be vetted before being turned over, and many thousand could be destroyed with BleachBit. You remember, as Hillary did when she was actually under subpoena and was already in government – not in transition.
Comey broke every standard interview protocol when investigating Hillary, allowed her to destroy email while under subpoena and cleared her long before the investigation was finished. Comey provided cover for all of this by stating, “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
So it is clear to me, Congress the best thing you can do is host your own email server, review all emails yourself when asked to fill a FOIA request, BleachBit items you do not want exposed and use the FBI’s precedence setting argument that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” If it worked for highly classified information, it should easily work for your political graft emails.