Trump seeks to block FBI review of items seized at Mar-a-Lago

On August 22, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida requesting that the court appoint a special master “to protect the integrity of privileged documents” that were removed. from his home in Florida earlier this month. . The filing seeks an order restraining the Justice Department from reviewing seized documents until a special master is appointed, demands a more detailed account of the items FBI agents seized on August 8, and orders the Department of Justice to “return any item seized that was not within the scope of the search warrant.

The lawsuit claims that Trump was denied “even the most basic information about what was taken, or why” outside of a “vaguely worded property receipt and the warrant itself.” On August 12, a federal judge unsealed the search warrant and inventory of seized materials, which showed that FBI agents had recovered documents labeled as classified, secret, top secret and sensitive information. A Right an explainer for these documents is available here. In the August 22 filing, Trump’s attorney claims that although the Justice Department advised the former president and his legal team that confidential documents were seized during the Mar-a-Lago search, ” the government refused to provide information regarding the nature of these documents. His lawyer specifies that “[o]Only an evaluation by a neutral examiner, a special master, can guarantee the sanctity of these privileged materials.

The filing further claims that the Justice Department “refused to provide President Trump any because of the general and unprecedented search of his home.
You can read the motion here or below.

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