The Biden FBI and former President Donald Trump are at odds about the raid on his house and the subsequent seizure of records.
Despite Trump’s repeated claims that he declassified everything in his hands before leaving office in accordance with his presidential power, FBI officials claim that agents found about 100 items marked as “classified” during the raid.
Rudy Giuliani, a veteran federal prosecutor and one of Trump’s senior attorneys, responded to the Justice Department’s decision to unseal the affidavit that was used to justify the FBI’s raid in late August.
Although the extensively redacted affidavit provided little to the general public, Giuliani said in an interview with Newsmax TV’s Rita Cosby that he feels it exposed everything about how the raid and subsequent seizure of papers and things were unlawful.
“This is a completely illegal warrant, for numerous reasons, that the least of which is it really isn’t a search warrant,” Giuliani said on “Saturday Report,” adding that “this is a blatantly unconstitutional warrant, for various reasons, not the least of which is it actually isn’t a search warrant.”
“This is a general search warrant. Search warrants are supposed to be for a specific thing,” according to him.
The FBI conducted a raid on Giuliani’s home in late April 2021, and according to The Associated Press, agents “seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings” of the former NYC mayor.
“The affidavit they had for my search warrant — although discovered nothing illegal; thank God, everything got sent back to me — but at least it was narrow to electronics,” Giuliani noted. “This, I mean, they took his passport. Everything here should be suppressed. In other words, I actually believe this could never be used in a criminal case.
“This is about as illegal search as you’re going to get,” adding, that the Justice Department took its time to seek the raid though officials claimed that the situation at the former president’s estate was urgent.
“A warrant is supposed to be exigent circumstances — emergency — 11 days for an emergency?” Cosby heard from Giuliani. “And then the FBI took three days off to execute it, and this is important?
“Don’t we do things that are important, fast? Right? Don’t we do things that are unimportant, slow?” He queried.
In response to Trump’s request, a special master has been chosen by agreement of the parties and assigned to review the documents in addition to the FBI review.
Fox News explains:
Former chief federal judge Raymond Dearie was appointed by Cannon, a Trump appointee, who declined a request by the Department of Justice to lift the temporary prohibition of the department’s usage of around 100 classified records which were taken from Mar-a-Lago during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s search on Aug. 8.
The former veteran chief federal judge will review and separate documents that are covered by claims of privilege.
The Justice Department’s investigation, which is being delayed by the special master process, is reviewing documents recovered by the FBI during its search of Trump’s Florida property.
Dearie was first nominated to the federal bench in 1986 by then-President Ronald Reagan.
A former top U.S. spy chief has said he believes the FBI came up short during its Aug. 8 raid.
John Ratcliffe, a former Texas congressman who Trump appointed as head of national intelligence, told Fox News last week that, based on his observations, the agency “didn’t discover what they were looking” for.
“I was a former federal prosecutor, United States attorney. Let me tell you what this is about. Good prosecutors with good cases play it straight. They don’t need to play games,” Ratcliffe remarked of Justice Department employees.“They don’t need to shop for judges, they don’t need to leak intelligence that may or may not exist.”
In a situation like this, the appointment of a special master would be typical.
Ratcliffe said that the Justice Department’s opposition to a federal court appointing a special master to examine purportedly classified papers “tells you that the government didn’t find what they were looking for.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“There weren’t nuclear secrets” at Trump’s estate, he noted further, “and they’re trying to justify what they’ve done. They’re not playing it straight before the American people. I think that that’s going to play out.”
Now the special master appointed by a federal judge to examine documents seized by the FBI during a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month has formally begun the process, Conservative Brief reports. CONTINUE READING…