President Donald Trump’s legal team filed a motion on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida asking for an order temporarily blocking the FBI from reviewing the materials seized from his Mar-a-Lago home until the process can be overseen by an independent special master.
Trump’s motion also seeks an order compelling the Department of Justice to provide him with a more specific property receipt for the things taken from his residence during the FBI’s August 8 execution of the search warrant approved by the court. He further demands the return of all items taken in the raid that were not covered by the scope of the warrant.
BREAKING: Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked a federal court to temporarily block the FBI from reviewing the materials it seized from his Florida home two weeks ago until a special master can be appointed to oversee the bureau's review. https://t.co/UbsX1hdajj pic.twitter.com/ejQ8AZ7irC
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The motion alleges that “politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice” and said that President Trump will be the “clear frontrunner” in the 2024 election if he decides to run again for the White House.
Trump said in a statement issued through the Save America PAC after the motion was filed that he intended to “strongly assert” his rights under the Fourth Amendment that protect all Americans from an “unnecessary, unwarranted, and un-American break-in by dozens of FBI agents.”
He described the warrant approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart as “wrongful” and “overbroad.” He also pointed out that Reinhart has previously recused himself from a civil lawsuit filed by Trump “because of his bias and animus toward me.”
The motion alleges that the documents that were seized are protected by executive privilege in addition to the Fourth Amendment.
When asked for comment on the motion, Department of Justice spokesman Anthony Coley said that the federal government “will file its response in court.”
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon.
Judge Cannon was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida by President Trump in 2020.
A special master is a temporary court officer who is appointed by a judge when an impartial person is needed to assist the court with specified duties outside the court in a particular case. Courts often appoint independent attorneys or retired judges to fill the role in cases to perform services including reviewing documents and analyzing evidence to assist the court in determining how to resolve legal issues.