Meanwhile, the Justice Department has been ordered to explain its grounds for raiding the ex-president’s estate
FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority conference in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17, 2022 © AP / Mark Humphrey
Former US President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to block the FBI from examining documents its agents seized during a raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence until a third-party overseer can be appointed. Trump described the raid as “illegal and unconstitutional.”
The lawsuit seeks the appointment of a ‘special master’ to review the material seized by the FBI and determine whether it is protected by presidential or attorney-client privilege before the agency can begin examining it. Trump’s legal team also requested that the Justice Department provide a detailed inventory of the seized materials, and return anything outside the scope of the search warrant.
Trump’s Palm Beach estate was raided by dozens of FBI agents earlier this month, in an operation reportedly aimed at recovering classified documents taken by Trump from the White House in 2021.
“To date, the Government has failed to legitimize its historic decision to raid the home of a President who had been fully cooperative,» the filing read. Describing the raid as “shockingly aggressive,” the document states that Trump is “the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary,” echoing the former president’s insistence that the raid was politically motivated.