By CARLOS GARCIA | August 22, 2022
Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Monday to call for a “special master” to be appointed to review the documents seized by the FBI from his residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
“It is unreasonable to allow the prosecutorial team to review them without meaningful safeguards,” wrote attorneys for Trump.
“Short of returning the seized items to the movant, only a neutral review by a special master can protect the ‘great public interest’ in preserving ‘the confidentiality of conversations that take place in the president’s performance of his official duties,’” they added.
The motion filed in Florida also asked for a more detailed accounting of the documents seized by the FBI.
Trump also issued a scathing statement about the legal action and reiterated his former accusations that the search was politically motivated and illegal.
“This Mar-a-Lago Break-In, Search, and Seizure was illegal and unconstitutional, and we are taking all actions necessary to get the documents back, which we would have given to them without the necessity of the despicable raid of my home, so that I can give them to the National Archives until they are required for the future Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum,” Trump wrote in the statement.
“We are demanding the appointment of a SPECIAL MASTER to oversee the handling of the materials taken in the raid,” wrote Trump. “We are demanding that all items wrongfully taken from my home be IMMEDIATELY returned.”
The motion accused the Department of Justice of going on a fishing expedition, a common claim by those defending the former president.
“Aside from demonstrating that this was an unlawful general search, it also suggests that DOJ simply wanted the camel’s nose under the tent so they could rummage for either politically helpful documents or support other efforts to thwart President Trump from running again, such as the Jan. 6 investigation,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.