DOJ court filing admits FBI may have seized ‘privileged information’ from Trump’s home

Former President Donald Trump made headlines earlier this month when he complained that the FBI agents who raided his Florida home took documents that are protected under attorney-client privilege.

While some of Trump’s critics were skeptical, the Department of Justice (DOJ) admitted last week that his claim was accurate. 

The report is the latest in a near-daily newsworthy twist in the saga.

“Privileged information”

According to the Daily Wire, the DOJ submitted a court filing that it was in possession of “attorney-client privileged information.”

“Although the government will provide the Court more detail in its forthcoming supplemental filing, the government notes that, before the Court issued its Preliminary Order, and in accordance with the judicially authorized search warrant’s provisions, the [FBI] Privilege Review Team … identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures set forth in paragraph 84 of the search warrant affidavit to address potential privilege disputes, if any.”

The Daily Wire noted that the filing came as U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon weighs whether to grant Trump’s request for a special master.

The special master would be tasked with reviewing documents that were seized during a raid earlier this month by FBI agents on Trump’s Florida home and identifying any material protected by executive or attorney-client privilege.

Politico reported that Cannon issued an order on Saturday directing the DOJ to produce “a more detailed” list of what it took from Trump’s home and to assemble a “filter team” to screen the seized material for privileged information.

The judge, who was nominated by Trump in 2020, also scheduled another hearing on Thursday but indicated that she was leaning towards the appointment of a special master.

Trump files lawsuit over raid

For his part, Trump has filed a lawsuit over the raid in which he claimed that federal authorities were motivated by political animus.

“To date, the government has failed to legitimize its historic decision to raid the home of a President who had been fully cooperative,” the former president’s complaint read.

“Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes,” the complaint continued.

“Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.”

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