Former President Donald Trump entered the legal dispute over the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate for the first time, requesting the appointment of a “special master” to examine seized materials for any potentially privileged information.
In a legal filing made Monday afternoon in federal court in Florida, Trump’s attorneys asked the court to appoint a third party to review the documents seized by the FBI two weeks ago as part of an investigation into the unauthorized retention of classified information, the theft of presidential and federal records, and possible obstruction of justice.
“This issue has attracted the American public’s attention,” according to Trump’s motion. When it comes to the preservation of executive privilege as well as President Trump’s constitutional rights, mere adequate safeguards are insufficient.
In the document titled “Motion for Judicial Oversight and Additional Relief,” Trump’s attorneys also requested that investigators be barred from further review of the seized materials until a third-party review process is in place.
Trump requested U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon of Fort Pierce, Florida, who was appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate a week after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election.
It’s unclear whether Cannon or the magistrate judge who issued the warrant, Bruce Reinhart, will first rule on Trump’s requests. In any case, an appeal of a Reinhart decision could be heard by a district court judge like Cannon.
Trump’s attorneys claim that a prosecutor informed them that a Justice Department “filter team” is going through the seized records to remove any privileged information, but they argue that this is insufficient.
Trump’s typical political bluster can be found throughout the 27-page filing, including boasts about his Mar-a-Lago estate and the impact of his 2022 campaign endorsements.
However, it also supported some details of the Mar-a-Lago search timeline, such as the fact that the Justice Department had already issued two subpoenas before the search, one for documents on May 11 and another for security camera footage in late June.
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Trump called the raid “despicable” in a statement and demanded that the records be returned so that he could give them to the National Archives for eventual inclusion in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library & Museum.
We are now demanding that the Department of “Justice” STOP reviewing the documents that were forcibly removed from my home. According to Trump, every record has already been made public.
The court document also details numerous interactions between Trump’s legal counsel and the Justice Department’s counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt for several months, including a phone call from the former to the latter on August 8 at 9:10 a.m.
informing them that “a group of FBI agents was at Mar-a-Lago to execute a search warrant.” The search took “approximately nine hours,” according to the filing.
Trump attempted to portray his interactions with the Justice Department as cordial before the search. Still, he remained silent on how boxes of highly classified material remained at Mar-a-Lago despite extensive conversations with investigators.
The legal document was signed by three of Trump’s attorneys: Lindsey Halligan of Florida, James Trusty of Washington, and Evan Corcoran of Baltimore.
According to Anthony Coley, a Justice Department spokesman, the government’s attorneys will respond to Trump’s most recent legal attack in court.
“On the required finding of probable cause, a federal court authorized the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago,” Coley said in a statement. “The Department is aware of the motion this evening.” The United States will respond in court.
The conservative grassroots lost the battle with Biden because it was focused on Trump, as the phrase “We got rolled” describes. The Gang of 8 Mar-a-Lago research documents is looking for Trump. The FBI’s justification for searching Mar-a-Lago is deemed “reliable” by the judge.
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