The FBI raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate continues to dominate headlines across the nation, and the saga just keeps unfolding.
Some reports claim that this action has invigorated Republican voters, while others say it has seriously damaged the former President’s reputation.
As for Trump, he’s clearly going to fight this — and his legal team just launched a counterattack.
Since the “unprecedented” raid where federal agents reportedly removed hundreds of classified documents, Trump has called this a political hit job.
He further believes this was done to drag his name through the mud, and potentially keep him from running for President again in 2024.
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As a result, his lawyers are using the Fourth Amendment in court, and are making a significant request.
If the judge grants this request, it will have a tremendous impact on the ongoing investigation. From Fox News:
Former President Trump and his legal team filed a motion Monday evening seeking an independent review of the records seized by the FBI during its ‘unprecedented’ and ‘unnecessary’ raid of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month…
…saying the decision to search his private residence just months before the 2022 midterm elections ‘involved political calculations aimed at diminishing the leading voice in the Republican Party, President Trump.’
The motion asks the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida for a “special master to review the records” in question.
It would also block further review of the documents by the government, and demands that the Justice Department give a more detailed receipt for the seized property.
Trump said he’s “strongly asserting” his rights, and that includes invoking the Fourth Amendment.
In a statement, the former POTUS stated:
They demanded that the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied. They prevented my attorneys from observing what was being taken in the raid, saying ‘absolutely not.’
They took documents covered by attorney-client and executive privilege, which is not allowed. They took my passports.
They even brought a ‘safe cracker’ and successfully broke into my personal safe, which revealed…nothing!
Trump maintains that “ALL documents have been previously declassified,” which is one of the sticking points of the investigation.
If the records the FBI seized haven’t been declassified, that poses a serious problem. This could lead to the eventual indictment of Trump, which some experts expect.
In the meantime, Trump maintains that the raid was “illegal and unconstitutional” and he’s currently taking steps to retrieve the documents.
He finished by saying:
I will never stop fighting for the American people, our Country, and the Rule of Law. Make America Great Again!
Since the raid, the Biden administration has requested that Americans remain peaceful, despite the GOP opposition to the event.
But we’ll have to see what kind of impact this might have on the upcoming midterm elections.