Like every other regular American, President Donald J. Trump is being mistreated by the administrative state over the politicized FBI raid on his family home. He is being called names, his liberties are being trampled upon, and the media is defaming him. And all of this abuse in front of a large audience will just increase voters’ favorability for the underdog billionaire.
The public sees a man who has endured six years of unrelenting persecution from powerful business insiders and is now using legal tactics to defend his civil liberties.
“Defiant Trump responds to bombshell DOJ Mar-a-Lago court filing – and claims his possession of ‘sensitive information shouldn’t have been ’cause for alarm’ because he was president,” according to Elizabeth Elkind of the Daily Mail on Thursday.
Democratic Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this week accused Trump and his attorneys of concealing and removing classified documents in an effort to ‘obstruct’ its corrupt investigation. The DOJ even went so far as to have extremely dubious photos of ‘documents on the floor’ being concealed in plain sight published late Tuesday night.
Just one day before Trump’s deadline of Wednesday at 8 PM to respond to a court petition, the odd image of documents on the floor at his Florida home—documents that the public was informed were being hidden from the FBI—was released.
The DOJ’s inflammatory filing was then addressed by Trump in a subsequent 19-page response. It follows other heated posts he made on Truth Social criticizing the FBI for its unethical practices.
Politico asserted the following on Trump’s filing:
“Donald Trump’s lawyers contended Wednesday that the Department of Justice is trampling on his rights and demanded an independent review of materials the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
But the former president’s lawyers sidestepped the most serious obstruction-of-justice claims prosecutors aired against him just hours earlier, and Trump’s legal team notably avoided echoing an assertion their client resurfaced earlier in the day: that he had declassified the documents at issue in the dispute.”
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon scheduled a hearing in the matter.
“The ex-president’s legal team is hitting back at the DOJ’s arguments against appointing a special master to oversee the classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI during an unannounced search earlier this month,” according to Elkind.
Trump’s legal team argues that the government’s assessment of privileged information is excessively biased and that the Democrats are acting in bad faith. They contend that they are entitled to representation in a review of the records that were seized.
Based on court records:
“Three weeks after an unprecedented, unnecessary, and legally unsupported raid on the home of a President—and possibly a candidate against the current chief executive in 2024—the Government, represented by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the United States Attorney’s Office, has filed an extraordinary document with this Court, suggesting that the DOJ, and the DOJ alone, should be entrusted with the responsibility of evaluating its unjustified pursuit of criminalizing a former President’s possession of personal and Presidential records in a secure setting.
Now, the Government twists the framework of responding to a motion for a Special Master into an all-encompassing challenge to any judicial consideration, presently or in the future, of any aspect of its unprecedented behavior in this investigation. 1 Its argument against oversight begins with a contention that somehow the Movant lacks standing to object to a search of his home.
The convoluted theory, which appears to be that the Biden administration will not allow President Trump to assert executive privilege and consequently he has “no right” to possess Presidential documents, and that, therefore, he has no standing to object to their seizure, is contrary to the well established doctrine of standing.”
The 36-page DOJ complaint from Tuesday provides a devastating description of the investigation’s efforts to collect sensitive records that Trump unwisely took home after leaving the White House.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
It accuses Trump and his lawyers of having deliberately hidden records from investigators, claiming documents were ‘likely concealed and removed in order to ‘obstruct’ the probe.
In his Wednesday filing, Trump attempts to dismiss the very origins of the DOJ’s investigation by arguing his possession of ‘sensitive’ documents should not have been concerning for the National Archives – which first raised alarms about the ex-president’s handling of classified documents in January 2021. CONTINUE READING…