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Trump sues the federal government over the Mar-a-Lago raid, says his Fourth Amendment rights have been violated and asks for a special master to oversee the probe

By Wills Robinson For and Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For

  • Filing calls the FBI raid a ‘shockingly aggressive move’
  • Suit seeks judicial relief an a Special Master to oversee materials
  • Wants a detailed list of property seized by FBI agents in raid this month
  • Demands return of any documbnts ‘not within the scope’ of search warrant
  • Federal judge in Florida ordered DOJ to offer redactions for affidavit that buttressed search warrant
  • Raid came after Trump removed 15 boxes of material
  • Trump’s suit describes back-and-forth between DOJ and president’s staff
  • It says documents were held in storage area with clothes and other items 
  • Trump called it an ‘unnecessary, unwarranted, and unAmerican Break-In’
  • Filing comes two weeks after the raid 
  • Trump said he is taking all actions to get them back so that he can return them to the Archives for a Trump presidential library 

Donald Trump has sued the federal government and asked for a special master to determine what materials seized from Mar-a-Lago can be used in the investigation into him.

The former president filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Monday afternoon saying his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated by the seizure of certain documents, including two of his passports.

It comes a magistrate in Florida prepares to decide whether to unseal the search affidavit that led to the raid two weeks ago.

‘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.

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.’


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