The FBI raid on the Trump family’s Florida residence is being contested in court.
Former President Donald Trump filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday afternoon, alleging that the seizure of certain papers, including two of his passports, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
In other words, Trump has filed a lawsuit against the government.
The complaint pivots from constitutional concerns about the right to be free from excessive search and seizure to the larger context of the Democrats’ all-out fight against Trump.
Trump addressed the lawsuit in a Save America PAC statement:
He called it an ‘unnecessary, unwarranted, and unAmerican Break-In by dozens of FBI agents, and others, of my home, Mar-a-Lago.’
‘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 wrote.
‘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,’ he continued, returning to his accusation, without providing evidence, that FBI agents planted material during the search.
Then, Trump states that he wants to get the documents back so that he can return them to the government for use in a Trump presidential library.
‘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,’ he said.
The concern with the former president’s extraordinary treatment is articulated in the complaint.
It adds that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was ‘shockingly aggressive’ and the move showed ‘no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans.’
‘Like all citizens, (Trump) is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Property seized in violation of his constitutional rights musty be returned forthwith’.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
‘Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice. President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run’, the lawsuit reads.
‘The Government has long treated President Donald J. Trump Unfairly,’ reads one subject heading in the lawsuit, saying the FBI and DOJ has treated him “differently than any other citizen.” CONTINUE READING…