October 2, 2022

Statement: FBI Seized Privileged Trump Records During Raid — DOJ Opposes Independent Review

Now Trump is not even entitled to attorney-client privilege under Biden program.

The FBI grabbed boxes containing records included in attorney-client privilege and possibly executive privilege during its raid of  former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to reports.

Sources told Fox News that the Proper rights Department also opposed Trump lawyers’ request for the appointment of an independent, special learn to review the records.

Resources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that this former president’s team was informed that boxes tagged A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents— all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt — contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.

Sources informed Fox News that, because of attorney-client privilege, Trump’s group asked the Justice Division for their position on whether they would support a third party, self-employed special master to review all those records, but sources informed Fox News that the DOJ notified Trump’s team they would oppose that request.  

Attorney-client privilege indicates communications between an attorney plus their client are kept confidential.  

Other documents could also be included in executive privilege, according to sources.

“ Resources told Fox News that will some records could be covered by executive privilege, which gives the particular president of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the particular authority to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice plus consultation between the president and senior advisers, ” Fox News reported.

Trump responded to the review Sunday on Truth Interpersonal, asking for the FBI to return the privileged materials.

“ Oh excellent! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its at this point famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of happy ‘ attorney-client’ material, as well as ‘ executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this REALITY, I respectfully request these documents be immediately returned to the location from which these were taken. Thank you! ” he or she stated.

The search warrant signed simply by Judge Bruce Reinhart and approved by DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland allowed the FBI to seize “ all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed” by Trump that resulted in about 15 boxes being taken from Mar-a-Lago.

Constitutional attorney Jonathon Turley claimed the FBI’s refusal to appoint a special master to separately review the documents will be suspect .

“ The request for a unique master would seem reasonable, particularly given the sweeping language used in the warrant. It is hard to see what material could not be gathered under this warrant, ” Turley wrote Sunday.

“ Given that sweeping language (and the various lawsuits plus investigations facing Trump), it would seem reasonable to request a special magistrate. For this reason the reported refusal is really concerning. What is the harm from such a review? The material is now under lock plus key. There is no approaching deadline in court or referenced grand jury. ”

Trump has claimed that he declassified all records in question, which he had the authority to try and do as Commander-in-Chief.

“ Number one, it was all declassified, ” Trump published in a statement released in order to reporters. “ Number two, they didn’t need to ‘ seize’ anything. ”

“ They could have experienced it anytime they wanted and that includes LONG ago, ” he wrote. “ ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK. ”

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