The unprecedented raid on the Florida residence of former President Trump has prompted speculation as to what was truly behind the action by the FBI and DOJ.
Although media has reported that “classified” documents were taken, the documents that were removed from Mar-a-Lago include empty folders with classified markings.
They also took more than 1,000 documents that were not classified, clothing and gift items, and hundreds of printed news articles.
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Trump’s lawyers have stated that many of these documents are covered to be in the possession of the former president by executive privilege and attorney/client privilege.
Even personal items such as passports were taken.
Trump immediately demanded publicly that the passports be returned, and the government complied, returning the items to Trump.
The rifling through the Trump home, even the closet of the former First Lady and the room of their son, stands out when compared to the lack of investigation into other matters, such as the laptop of Hunter Biden.
Much of what was seized was headed for Trump’s presidential library according to the former president.
Following an order from District Judge Cannon this week to do so, the Justice Department filed a detailed list last week of documents taken in the raid.
U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon has revealed that among the documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago from former President Trump were 40 years’ worth of medical records and accounting information connected to his taxes.
“According to the Privilege Review Team’s Report, the seized materials include medical documents, correspondence related to taxes, and accounting information,” Cannon stated in her order.
Biz Pac Review reports:
Democrats have been after Trump’s taxes for years.
It appears that the tax documents were more of a target in the raid than imagined nuclear codes or information.
In August a federal appeals court opened the door for the House Ways and Means Committee to get its paws on Trump’s taxes under a law that permits the disclosure of an individual’s tax returns to the congressional committee.
It is possible that Trump will seek emergency intervention measures from the Supreme Court to temporarily block any release of those tax records to the committee.
“The United States is examining the opinion and will consider appropriate next steps in the ongoing litigation,” Justice Department Spokesman Anthony Coley commented in a statement.
The judge said the government acknowledged seizing some personal effects “without evidentiary value,” with “upwards of 500 pages of material potentially subject to attorney-client privilege.”
Cannon was also concerned about potential leaks to the media concerning the documents.
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“In addition to being deprived of potentially significant personal documents, which alone creates a real harm, Plaintiff faces an unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” Cannon noted.
“As a function of Plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own.
A future indictment, based to any degree on property that ought to be returned, would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude,” she asserted.
The judge halted on Monday the FBI’s review of more than 11,000 documents the agency seized from Trump’s residence, according to Fox News.
Of special note is the order by the judge halting the Justice Department’s “taint” or “filter” team’s review of seized records.
In August, responding to the questionable raid on his home, former President Trump had officially requested a special master to be appointed to objectively oversee the review of the documents alongside the FBI and DOJ.
In a win for Trump, Judge Cannon additionally stated in the order that she is appointing an independent special master be appointed to review the records for attorney-client and executive privilege.
“Furthermore, in natural conjunction with that appointment, and consistent with the value and sequence of special master procedures, the Court also temporarily enjoins the Government from reviewing and using the seized materials for investigative purposes pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order,” Cannon wrote.
The order, however, “shall not impede the classification review and/or intelligence assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (‘ODNI’) as described in the Government’s Notice of Receipt of Preliminary Order.”
Trump’s legal team has won that battle.
In another major victory for Trump, court will appoint special master to review Trump raid documents — and enjoins Biden operation from using docs for "investigation" in meantime. Massive vote of no confidence in Biden DOJ/FBI!
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 5, 2022
His legal team argued that the DOJ’s “Privilege Review Team” should not be the final arbiter of whether its actions were proper and that the review team’s scope was too narrow, Biz Pac Review reports.
After the judge issued her order, Trump blasted the “corrupt” Justice Department on Truth Social.
“Remember, it takes courage and ‘guts’ to fight a totally corrupt Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI,” he charged. “They are being pushed to do the wrong things by many sinister and evil outside sources.”
“Until impartiality, wisdom, fairness, and courage are shown by them, our Country can never come back or recover–it will be reduced to being a Third World Nation!” Trump railed.