In the wake of the heavily-redacted affidavit being released that triggered the raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, former President Donald Trump is already fighting back.
According to the Washington Examiner, on Friday evening, Trump’s legal team filed a supplemental motion seeking an injunction that would halt the Justice Department’s continued search through the documents that were taken from Trump’s private residence.
The Examiner noted: “The new filing is a response to a Tuesday order from Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, directing the former president to provide additional details for his lawsuit relating to the raid of his Florida home.”
Trump and his legal team had originally requested a “special master,” meaning a non-FBI or DOJ-affiliated person, to be in charge of sifting through Trump’s files.
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Trump’s attorneys filed the supplemental motion on Friday and explained why they believe a special master should be included in the case.
“This supplemental filing responds to the Court’s request that Movant provide additional information on the basis for the Court’s jurisdiction in this proceeding, the relief sought, and any anticipated effect on a matter before Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart, which has largely concluded with today’s release of a heavily redacted affidavit. This filing also addresses the status of Movant’s efforts to perfect service on the Government,” the filing read.
The filing insisted that the appointment of a special master would be the only way to “ensure the perception of fairness.”
JUST IN: Donald Trump has filed his “supplemental” motion for relief, explaining in more detail his demand for a special master and an injunction preenting the government from reviewing the seized materials. https://t.co/pAS4tDGJkS
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 27, 2022
“Trump’s team is hanging a lot on the idea that the Presidential Records Act has no criminal enforcement mechanisms,” Politico’s senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney noted of the most recent motion.
Politico went on to point out that Trump’s legal team argues that the raid might have been completely illegal, or improper at least.
“This provides the deeply troubling prospect that President Trump’s home was raided under a pretense of a suspicion that Presidential records were on his property — even though the Presidential Records Act is not a criminally-enforceable statute,” the motion read.
Even if the DOJ, using the power of the FBI, was actually concerned about certain records, the order to raid Mar-a-Lago was a step too far, and would have been no matter who the president is or was.