Take a Look At This Big Move Trump Just Made
Trump made a big move this week in hopes of shining a spotlight on the legalities of the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
The former president filed a motion asking the Court to:
(a)appoints a Special Master; (b) enjoins further review of seized materials by the Government until a Special Master is appointed; (c) requires the Government to provide a more detailed Receipt for Property, and (d) requires the Government to return any item seized that was not within the scope of the Search Warrant.
The motion made it clear that the government admitted to seizing “privileged or potentially privileged materials.” It also focused on the fact that the raid took photos, handwritten notes, and Trump’s passports, calling the seizure an “already overbroad warrant.”
Trump’s motion indicates that he has received a very “scant” property receipt with no real accounting for what was taken or why. The former president was fully cooperating with government requests when the raid happened.
It also details the fact that the FBI has not given a true reason for the raid and that there was no “exigency” for the forceful raid, noting that the FBI waited three days after getting the warrant.
The motion also makes it clear that according to the very broad warrant, the government could seize “any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes.”
This gave them the right to seize anything that just happened to be near the documents they wanted. It also stated that surveillance cameras be turned off during the raid, and Trump’s attorneys weren’t allowed to observe the search of the home.
According to Trump’s motion, there were violations of the Fourth Amendment and officials worked around the Presidential Records Act.
The Trump team had asked the government for the appointment of a special master, but the DOJ turned them down.
Trump legal team seeks "Special Master" for independent review of records seized at Mar-a-Lago, "Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes."https://t.co/DjGpsVE27q pic.twitter.com/QLccea1CY0
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 22, 2022