Last Friday, the heavily redacted affidavit that was used to justify the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was made public.
A federal judge ordered the Justice Department to unseal the affidavit after much wrangling over its release. Trump hoped the affidavit would demonstrate that he had not been proven guilty of breaking laws governing presidential records and classified documents, while the DOJ feared it could reveal the tactics and identities of agents, etc.
We read that the FBI stated that boxes of White House materials housed at Trump’s residence may include top secret or classified information. The FBI agent added, “This affidavit requests permission to search the “45 Office” and all storage rooms, as well as any other rooms or places on the PREMISES where boxes or records may be housed.”
In doing so, the FBI confiscated papers that they had no right to possess.
And Trump criticized them.
“The political Hacks and Thugs had no right under the Presidential Records Act to storm Mar-a-Lago and steal everything in sight, including Passports and privileged documents,” he posted on Truth Social.
According to the Conservative Brief, the DOJ has now “agreed that some of the documents they stole from the former president’s residence properly belong to him.”
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who is considering appointing a special master to review the documents seized from Trump’s private residence, ordered the Department of Justice to file “a more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized” under seal and said that she wanted to know “the status of Defendant’s review of the seized property, including any filter review conducted by the privilege review team and any dissemination of materials beyond the privileging process.”
In its filing on Monday, the Department of Justice admitted that it had “identified a limited set of materials that may contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures” outlined in the affidavit for a search warrant “to address potential privilege disputes, if any.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
In her decision on Saturday, Judge Aileen M. Cannon from the Southern District of Florida said that she based her decision on both the former president’s attorneys’ submissions and “the exceptional circumstances presented,” Fox News reports.
A hearing is set for Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla. Cannon also ordered the Justice Department to file a response by Aug. 30 and provide, “under seal,” a “more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022.” CONTINUE READING…