Forty-fifth President Donald Trump’s legal team, in a filing on Monday morning, rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to continue their review of classified documents seized by the FBI during their raid on Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-A-Lago.
The Justice Department is attempting to fight Trump by appealing U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s appointment of a special master who would review the documents for “personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.”
“This investigation of the 45th President of the United States is both unprecedented and misguided. In what at its core is a document storage dispute that has spiraled out of control, the Government wrongfully seeks to criminalize the possession by the 45th President of his own Presidential and personal records,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the filing.
“What is clear regarding all of the seized materials is that they belong with either President Trump (as his personal property to be returned pursuant to Rule 41(g)) or with NARA, but not with the Department of Justice,” his lawyers added.
“The Government should therefore not be permitted to skip the process and proceed straight to a preordained conclusion,” they wrote.
President Trump slammed the treatment he has received from the DOJ and FBI on Truth Social, writing, “It appears such ‘classified records,’ along with the other seized materials, were principally located in storage boxes in a locked room at Mar-a-Lago, a secure, controlled access compound utilized regularly to conduct the official business of the United States during the Trump Presidency, which to this day is monitored by the United States Secret Service.”
“So now the FBI & Biden Department of ‘Justice’ leakers are going to spend Millions of Dollars, & vast amounts of Time & Energy, to appeal the Order on the ‘Raid of Mar-a-Lago Document Hoax,’ by a brilliant and courageous Judge whose words of wisdom rang true throughout our Nation, instead of fighting the record setting corruption and crime that is taking place right before their very eyes,” Trump added.
“They SPIED on my Campaign, lied to FISA COURT, told Facebook ‘quiet,’ preside over worst CRIME WAVE ever!!” Trump wrote.
“They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust them. Look at the I.G. Reports on Comey, McCabe, and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park,” Trump continued.
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Over 30 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents raided Trump’s 3,000-square-foot private quarters at Mar-A-Lago with some of them even snooping through Trump’s private office, his safe, and his wife Melania’s wardrobe.
A source close to Trump told The Post there is a concern of FBI agents or DOJ lawyers “planting stuff” due to the agents not allowing Trump’s attorneys inside the building for nine hours.