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Trump Announces Lawsuit Against DOJ After “Illegal” Mar-a-Lago Raid

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Last Monday, Donald Trump announced that he had officially filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that Trump’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated when the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month. The filing also requests the appointment of a special master to conduct an independent review of the documents that were taken by the FBI during their raid and determine which records are protected by executive privilege.

To quote the Trump v. United States Government lawsuit, “Roughly two dozen Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), directed by attorneys of the U.S. Department of Justice, raided the home of President Donald J. Trump. According to the Government, the agents seized documents, privileged and/or potentially privileged materials, and other items — including photos, handwritten notes, and even President Trump’s passports — that were outside the lawful reach of an already overbroad warrant. President Trump, like all citizens, is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Property seized in violation of his constitutional rights must be returned forthwith. Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes. Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home…Even as the Government has dug in against transparency in the instant matter, fighting release of the Affidavit and claiming a redacted version would be ‘worthless’ due to the need to hide the actual substance of the sworn statement, there are significant red flags that implicant President Trump’s Fourth Amendment rights and cry out for judicial intervention by way of a Special Master monitoring and discovery assistance.”

A statement released by Trump on Monday reads, “We have just filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida strongly asserting my rights, including under the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution, regarding the unnecessary, unwarranted, and unAmerican Break-In by dozens of FBI agents, and others, of my  home, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida…We are now demanding that the Department of ‘Justice’ be instructed to immediately STOP the review of documents illegally seized from my home. ALL documents have been previously declassified. We are demanding the appointment of a SPECIAL MASTER to oversee the handling of the materials taken in the raid. We are further demanding that the DOJ be forced to turn over a REAL, without “plants,” inventory of my property that was taken and disclose where that property is now located. We are demanding that all items wrongfully taken from my home be IMMEDIATELY returned. The wrongful, overbroad warrant was signed by a Magistrate Judge who recused himself just two months ago, from a MAJOR civil suit that I filed, because of his bias and animus toward me. This Mar-a-Lago Break-In, Search, and Seizure was illegal and unconstitutional, and we are taking all actions necessary to get the documents back, which we would have given to them without the necessity of the despicable raid of my home, so that I can give them to the National Archives until they are required for the future Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum. I will never stop fighting for the American people, our Country, and the Rule of Law. Make America Great Again!”

Additionally, Trump is reportedly considering releasing footage from the FBI’s raid on his residence. During the raid, FBI officials requested that Trump’s security cameras at Mar-a-Lago be turned off. Luckily, Trump’s staff refused their request, and Trump’s family now claims that the security cameras captured FBI officials acting inappropriately throughout their invasive search. According to Trump’s son, Eric Trump, “They told our lawyer, ‘you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.’ They would not give her the search warrant, so they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant.” Eric Trump also teased the release of surveillance footage from the Mar-a-Lago raid in a recent Fox News interview. When asked by Sean Hannity, “You still have the surveillance tape, is that correct? Will you—are you allowed to share that with the country?” Eric Trump responded by saying, “Absolutely, Sean. At the right time.”

Despite Biden’s administration repeatedly claiming that they lacked any prior knowledge of the FBI’s raid against Trump until learning about it in the media, alarming revelations prove that the Biden administration is lying to the American people. Newly released memos show that Biden’s White House had been in direct contact with the DOJ, FBI, and National Archives for months, with communications about the investigation into Trump beginning in April. In a letter dated May 10th, it is apparent that then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was not only aware of the FBI’s investigation into Trump, but she also authorized the National Archives to refuse Trump’s claims of executive privilege over the documents in his possession. To quote the letter from National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall, “The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege. I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.” The decision to not honor Trump’s executive privilege claims, which was authorized by the Biden administration, allowed for the FBI to ultimately conduct their August raid of Mar-a-Lago.

It should be noted that the term “executive privilege” refers to a legal doctrine that grants presidents the right to hold absolute control over sensitive information, even in defiance of requests from the judicial or legislative branches. The Supreme Court has previously explicitly stated that former presidents are able to invoke executive privilege over their records. The 1977 Nixon v. General Services Administration ruling reads, “We reject the argument that only an incumbent President may assert such claims, and hold that appellant, as a former president, may also be heard to assert them.”

Following the raid against Trump, public trust in the FBI has fallen to its lowest level in decades. According to a poll released by Rasmussen Reports last week, 53% of voters now believe that the FBI is serving as “Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.” The same poll showed that 44% of respondents trust the FBI less after the raid, compared to just 29% who say they now trust the FBI more.

The FBI’s raid against former President Donald Trump was egregious and a clear violation of Trump’s Fourth Amendment rights. As Biden receives consistently negative approval ratings and faces a looming defeat in 2024, he is now targeting his primary political adversary with his very own politicized Justice Department. Although the raid can not be undone, hopefully Trump is given at least a minimal amount of relief in the form of an appointed special master and all of his stolen property being returned to him.


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johnh
2 months ago

This will turn into “Battle of the Lawyers”. That is a mode of operation with Trump, but I doubt that he will find a “Dream Team” like OJ did. And because taxpayers are paying for the govt. lawyers, then they won’t cave in when sued for a zillion dollars.. Also, the pix from DOJ yesterday of Top Secret documents does shed a good light on comments from Trump . And doubt if Guiliani will be on the team.

Jim D.
3 months ago

(“White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was not only aware of the FBI’s investigation into Trump, but she also authorized the National Archives to refuse Trump’s claims of executive privilege over the documents in his possession”.) So, in other words, Biden’s White House set up Trump by advising the archives to deny him something that all previous presidents, including Trump himself had a right to!!! This proves that, not only did Biden know about the raid, but he and/or his staff actually set the whole thing up!!! I hope Trump’s suit exposes every one of these criminals for who they are!

Jake
3 months ago

The FBI, DOJ, CDC, EPA, IRS and the other departments are the Democrat’s Brownshirts! Should we include the MSM in there also? Democrats are the party of many anti USA organizations through the years. Read Dinesh’s “The Big Lie”. I assume most of us on this site have at least some time to read and are interested in history and the truth!

Patricia A Arsenault
3 months ago

Boy the FBI has all the power. Let’s not forget PEOPLE still incarcerated at the Capital. (Due process, trail, jury, court dates. What happened to them? Don’t we have a right to know?) Not to mention what they did to THE REAL PRESIDENT! #AmericaFirst

Sharon Ormsby
3 months ago

Good, he will win in Florida, he would lose in D. C. because they hate the truth there. Shame on the Democrats. I used to be one, until I saw the evil they had become. I guess they always were evil, but they never were as obvious as today.

Carol
3 months ago

I have read all 5 comments so let me fill you in a little. My husband who came here LEGALLY in the 60’s and has since become a citizen was born in Berlin in 1938. He remembers the end of the war when the Russian soldiers came into Berlin and rousted his mother and three sisters and him out of their home He has been so affected by the war. As I was at Lanstuhl-Ramstein when 911 hit I do know what it is like to live under pressure. I hope and pray that I shall live long enough to see these “useless idiots” all be perp walked to prison after they are tried for treason against this country. We are facing pure evil and if people do not wake up in this country we shall live under the soviet style rule that he lived under. I hope that President Trump will NOT have to go it alone with his law suit. We need to get behind him 100 %! Before we moved to our current home we lived in WA State. Before each election I called those election candidates who were not supposed to be politically biased and if they refused to let me know or they never called me back I did not vote for them. I have tried ever since I returned from working in the soviet and the middle east in health care I have warned people but no one wanted to hear how bad things were in this country. I feel like calling up my relatives in CA and letting them know I am their “semi-nazi” relative. I have told this useless idiot who called me (because of my total support for Mr. Trump and his beautiful wife Melania) that he should come and say it directly to my face. I have given my health to working in countries even the men would not go to on vacation. But I know there is a God and I know there is a plan for this country. At the age of 82+ and with my diagnosis of Parkinson’s I still want to be useful and my work used to define me. Now I must figure out what He has planned for me. I know that I am heading in the right direction as I more and more am trying to wake people up to the horrors of socialism and communism. Sincerely, Carol

Morbious
3 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Wow, thats quite a post. I am no longer optimistic about this country’s future because at least half of it is hopelessly and permanently deluded and the number is growing. At least many of us on this site have lived most of their lives in a great country. People are Not waking up to the horrors of socialism and communism in sufficient numbers but i still try too. Good luck with your treatments.

Mardi
3 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Carol, God Bless you and your husband with peace and renewed health! Hang in there! We will too!

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Trump stated in 2016 that he would do everything in his power to see that classified info is treated as the laws mandate. Then he said “No One Is Above the Law”. That will come back to haunt him with these classified reports.

janet
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

we will see if the reports come back to him in the same form and verbiage as when they got them. Highly doubtful, and we know their ability to do that, look at the bogus ‘Russian dossier.’ They are experts at deceiving people. Professionals.Our country will go down because there are so many people like you who have drunk the evil democrats Kool Aid. I pity you.There are many normal democrats who wonder what the hell happened to their party.

janet
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Carol, in the Bible God tells us that he will harden their hearts and bring delusion to their minds and I think it is quite obvious He has done that, How else would they be able to live knowing the damage they are inflicting on our beautiful country.

Philip Hammersley
3 months ago

DOJ/FBI violated the US Constitution on at least 2 items. First, the warrant was a “general warrant” which is prohibited. Second, ALL executive power is vested in the President. He can declassify and look at ANY document he wants!

johnh
2 months ago

He can only declassify while he is POTUS & not as a citizen.

David Warren
3 months ago

Never should have happened. The democrats and gestapo fbi need to be help accountable. Heads need to roll

Honey
3 months ago

Will the courts refuse to take this case as well? They never even looked at affidavits about 2020 signed on penalty of perjury. What is it with the court? Do we live in a free country anymore?

Laura
3 months ago

If this can happen to a former president, it can happen to any American.

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura

As Trump stated in 2016, No one is Above the Law.

Travel Amma
3 months ago

What about Melania? Will she ever be able to again wear clothes rifled through by these goons? There should be a separate lawsuit to replace – at full purchase value – all the clothes mishandled. Trump can and will handle his legal problems, but Melania needs respect as well. She is a highly educated woman and a role model for us all.

Philip Hammersley
3 months ago
Reply to  Travel Amma

I wouldn’t want to wear anything these goons manhandled. Who knows what disease they infected them with?

Kim
3 months ago

Maybe this should be a class-action lawsuit. The FBI inappropriately took President Trump’s documents, so they essentially violated the rights of every American. One can wish.

How many dems have gotten away with far worse and were never even confronted? Clinton, Berger (who stuffed documents from the Archives into his underpants), Comey (he gave documents to “a friend”, which were then leaked to the media)……

This is all terribly unfair, but who expects fairness when the dems are involved?

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