Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Monday, requesting an audit and the return of goods seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate during an FBI search earlier this month.
“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,” Trump wrote in a statement.
Specifically, he highlighted purported demands from FBI agents to disable surveillance cameras during the raid.
“They demanded that the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied,” Trump wrote. They forbade my counsel from examining what was seized during the raid, stating ‘absolutely not’.” They unlawfully removed papers protected by attorney-client and executive privilege. They confiscated my passports. They also brought a “safe cracker” and were able to successfully get into my personal safe, which revealed…nothing!
“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.”
Trump wrote he and his team want a special master to be appointed with a goal “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,” he wrote. “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,” Trump wrote.
Trump concluded that the FBI operation was “illegal and unlawful.” He stated that he wanted the FBI to return the documents seized from his house “so I may send them to the National Archives until they are needed 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,” Trump added. “Make America Great Again!”