It’s official: Donald J. Trump is suing the government.
Years of Deep State harassment culminated recently in an FBI raid on Donald Trump’s South Florida residence — and now he’s striking back.
Former President Donald Trump is not known to back down from a fight, which is why more than half the country resonates with his type of leadership. Following the raid on his Mar-a-Lago home, Trump has authorized his legal team to file suit against the government.
In the lawsuit, Trump is demanding the appointment of a special master to review any evidence independently that the FBI seized from him as he pushes back against the unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump filed the motion on Monday seeking an order from a judge to appoint a special master and stop the Justice Department from further review of the information they had seized from his Florida resort home until the special master is appointed.
Seems fair given the ridiculous partisanship in the DOJ right now.
Trump also asked the judge to require the DOJ to provide a more detailed receipt for the property it had seized from him and to order federal investigators to return all items to him that had been taken but were outside the search warrant’s scope.
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Earlier Monday, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed the warrant for the raid on Trump’s home, suggested he may allow the Justice Department to keep the FBI affidavit justifying the raid mostly sealed. However, he rejected DOJ arguments that claimed the “unprecedented search” should be fully hidden from the public eye.
The judge said in court last week that he believes there are portions of the affidavit that can be unsealed and ordered the government to file proposed redactions by Thursday.
Lest we forget, Judge Reinhart was once on Jeffrey Epstein’s payroll…
Jay Bratt, chief of the DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, said in court Thursday that the investigation remains “in its early stages” when arguing against unsealing the affidavit.
The items SUPPOSEDLY seized by the FBI earlier this month allegedly included “various classified/[top secret]/[sensitive compartmented information] documents,” four “miscellaneous top secret documents,” three “miscellaneous secret documents,” two “miscellaneous confidential documents,” and one “confidential document.”
Included in that list, but left out conveniently by DOJ lawyers, are several of Trump’s personal items, including his passport.
The Justice Department has already said that it is using a “filter team” or a “taint team” to review any privileged information and sift out evidence outside the scope of the warrant, but Trump’s lawyers argued that a “DOJ filter team will not protect President Trump’s rights.”
Now where did they get THAT idea? Could it be because Trump’s rights have never been protected by the DOJ or any government entity?
Reinhart ordered a few documents released in redacted form last Thursday. The search warrant application cover sheet, originally filed Aug. 5 and ordered unsealed, provided more details on what the Justice Department was looking for.
The records show Trump was being investigated under 18 U.S.C. 793, part of the Espionage Act, and said it was related to “willful retention of national defense information.” The unsealed cover sheet pointed to 18 U.S.C. 2071, specifically the “concealment or removal of government records,” as well as 18 U.S.C. 1519, specifically related to “obstruction of federal investigation.”
Meanwhile, Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed he “personally authorized” the FBI raid on Trump’s home.
Really makes you think…
Author: Robert Bogart