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Judge Slams Biden DOJ, Raises Major Concerns About Mar-a-Lago Raid

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On Monday, in a major legal victory for former President Donald Trump, a U.S. District Court Judge in Florida granted Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to review the materials taken from his Mar-a-Lago home last month. The decision is the latest sign that top officials at the Department of Justice may have acted unlawfully in organizing and executing their raid on Trump’s property, and further legitimizes concerns that the Biden administration is using federal resources to target a prospective political opponent – violating his civil rights in the process.

District Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling means that, rather than FBI and DOJ officials reviewing the evidence seized from Trump’s property and deciding what falls under attorney-client privilege (and thus cannot be used as evidence by DOJ investigators in a potential indictment), a third-party attorney from outside the government must be brought in to make that determination. The order also stops DOJ from continuing its review “pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order.”

In essence, Cannon held that given the unprecedented nature of the raid – a presidential administration targeting a former president and likely future opponent – the Department of Justice could not be trusted to properly sort through the thousands of materials it seized from Mar-a-Lago.

Justice Department officials had argued that the appointment of a special master was unnecessary, as they had already assigned a so-called “filter team” to determine which materials fell under attorney-client privilege. But Cannon explicitly rejected that argument, noting that even some of the more than 500 documents marked by the filter team that should have been off-limits had already been viewed by investigators, undermining the integrity of the entire investigation and casting doubt on the Biden administration’s narrative about the motivation for the raid.

The fact that DOJ appointed a filter team should itself raise concerns from every American about both the politicization of the Department and potential civil rights violations. For one thing, filter teams themselves – which are a creation of DOJ – have been the subject of great debate in the courts since their creation three decades ago. Federal judges have variously held that filter teams have inherent conflicts of interest, carry an “inevitable” risk of disclosure of privileged material, and amount to leaving “the government’s fox in charge of guarding the Law Firm’s henhouse.” Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to review the decision of a lower court in which the central issue is whether DOJ’s use of filter teams violates the U.S. Constitution.

Internal DOJ guidelines – which are themselves predicated on the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures – also outline specifically that search warrants “should be drawn as specifically as possible, consistent with the requirements of the investigation, to minimize the need to search and review privileged material to which no exception applies.” Those guidelines also stipulate that when it comes to searching a property that may contain privileged documents – such as someone’s home – investigators must identify the “least intrusive” approach to obtain information.

It appears that in Trump’s case, neither of these guidelines (and perhaps the Fourth Amendment) were followed. Sending 30 armed agents to ransack Trump’s home hardly seems the “least intrusive” option. The search warrant the FBI obtained for the Mar-a-Lago compound also went far beyond Trump’s semi-official and partially government-funded office (a privilege afforded to all former presidents) and allowed agents to rifle through every nook and cranny of the 62,000 square-foot compound, from Melania Trump’s closet drawers to Trump’s 16-year-old son’s room. The inventory of materials taken reveals that the search was hardly contained to things relevant to the Justice Department’s investigation, listing news articles dating back to the 1990s and even articles of clothing. Passports, tax accounting information, and even medical charts were seized from Trump’s home, all under the auspices of recovering “classified” information.

That the Justice Department would now so vigorously oppose the appointment of a special master after clearly exceeding the scope of their investigation should also be puzzling to any objective observer. As Judge Cannon herself noted in the decision, “Ultimately, what is the harm in appointing a special master?” Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, echoed that sentiment, asking a basic but critical question of the Biden DOJ: “What is the harm they are so worried about?”

If Republicans do as many expect and retake control of the House of Representatives this fall, they may do well to open investigations of their own to solicit answers to these questions and more from the Biden administration. While disheartening, it is not difficult to imagine what such an investigation may reveal. Did DOJ consult with members of the White House staff prior to filing this warrant? Likewise, did DOJ consult with outside Democrat lawyers such as Mark Elias? Did the White House seek the counsel of pollsters, like they did to determine when mask mandates should be lifted? It already seems quite evident that DOJ did not follow its own internal protocols in this case – why not, and who is responsible for that breach of duty? Moreover, if there were any violations of Trump’s civil rights, Republicans should ensure that those responsible are held accountable under Title 18 Section 242 of the U.S. Code, which criminalizes such acts.

As bad as things may seem now, it could get even worse should the Biden administration choose to move forward with a grand jury indictment of Trump. A grand jury must only find that there exists evidence of probable cause before issuing an indictment, a much lower standard of proof than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard required for conviction in a criminal trial. If a grand jury returned an indictment, the DOJ would have full discretion over whether to issue a summons or warrant to compel Trump to appear in a D.C. Court. If there were an indictment and the Attorney General Merrick Garland chose the latter course of action, former President Trump could be marched out of Mar-a-Lago in handcuffs – no doubt in front of dozens of CNN news cameras.

In what is looking to be just the latest iteration of the “Russia hoax”, the Biden DOJ is attempting to play investigator, judge, and jury, constituting a dangerous overreach of executive authority and a blatant violation of former President Trump’s civil rights. Americans of both political parties are right to be deeply alarmed and frightened by this development, the most shocking violation of “democratic norms” by an administration seemingly hell-bent on using the power of the federal government to silence all dissent.

Katharine “Katie” Sullivan was as an Acting Assistant Attorney General and a senior advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Trump. She previously served 11 years as a state trial court judge in Colorado.


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GTPatriot
2 months ago

How many of you were subjected to unlawful search and seizure today. Oh, you think there are none ? I’ll bet there were at least 1000. Lock your door, get a dog and have plenty of ammo.
The only person to save you will be you.

GTPatriot
2 months ago

Really dosen’t matter. If this dosen’t work, the left will be onto #64 in their attempts to get Trump. Now, they have only 2 working: Jan 6 and the Mara-Lago raid. They need to be working at least
5 to 10 at one time to really stand a chance at catching the fox. Again. the left is all blow and no show.

LauraC
2 months ago

Yeah, like the DOJ, FBI or any of a dozen other alphabet organizations haven’t already pawed and prodded their way through the material. This is “horse already left the barn” stuff. How will anyone tell if some things are missing, been copied or, even worse, added to the snatches documents? Who will be punished if the special master finds the DOJ and FBI were totally out of line? My guess is no one will be held to account and the fascist tactics will go on and on.

Myers
2 months ago

Garland is a dirty globalist non-Messianic Jew who must be getting his marching orders from the WEF and possibly Barack Obama. I do hope that he gets indicted somewhere down the road if the GOP takes majority of both congressional chambers. Pray for America.

Lloyd
2 months ago

Sen. Graham said it correctly, That if the government indicated Trump to prosecute him there would be riots in the streets of America.

Myers
2 months ago
Reply to  Lloyd

*indicted (Yes. I agree!)

Robin Boyd
2 months ago

This FBI raid is just another way for Progressive Democrats to let those of US who oppose the current fascist minded regime know that none of US are safe from their DOJ. Such and attack on a former president is an attack on all citizens.

Edith Moses
2 months ago

I believe that those Republican people that know what goes on in politics , talk to much.they are not only letting us know what could happen , but also telling the dirty Demorats what they can do to hurt President Trump. Sorry , I like the next person likes to know what is going on ,but not if it is going to hurt Trump in any way.

Jack Davis
2 months ago

@The democrats don’t care about what’s right or wrong there determination to destroy the Constitution is becoming more evident as each day passes by.
I was totally thinking about the look in Hillary’s eyes yesterday they reminded me of a person avoiding the truth and trying to crucify Donald Trump. She was denying the fact of all her keeping and destroying of emails of classified and secret documents that she had. Her position as Secretary of State she broke the law many times yet that was acceptable as she was Hillary.
I was thinking as I watched her making her speech and watching her speaking and how the look in her eyes showed her making up issues of untruthful stories to make her look good. I’m looking forward to the day that we no longer have to see her on TV. It looks like she’s training her daughter to be like her hopefully the day will never come that she will elected to politics.
Biden has been so ruthless about the way he’s trying to destroy the Republicans it’s a shame that he is his being so rude with his speeches.
The one thing I have noticed he is speaking to very small groups however the swamp media will not point it out.
Trump was doing a great job as President the best President since Ronald Reagan.
The FBI showed up with armament all dressed up in gear like they were going after a dangerous criminal I’m tired of seeing the acts of crucifixion of a man who was turningAmerica around. The actions of the officers going through the clothes of our ex First Lady and the personal items of their son was uncalled for.
I was noticing some of the writer feelTrump should clean up his act to be President in the future.
We Shouldn’t Biden be cleaning up his act.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago

The entire DOJ should be indicted on charges of treason while Joe Biden is hung on the Whitehouse lawn and left for the birds to strip away his flesh and the sun to bleach his bones as a warning to any other enemies of our country of what will happen if they too try to invade and take over our Government!

Guy
2 months ago
Reply to  Letts Brandon

Amen

John Lee
2 months ago
Reply to  Letts Brandon

What would it take for you to say Trump is wrong or bad? Hiding state secrets? Nope. Paid off porn star he cheated on his wife with? Nope. Repeatedly screwed over contractors by not paying his bills? Nope. You are right, Biden is the problem with our country. Drop dead you immoral beast and the candidate you chase.

J. Shenk
2 months ago
Reply to  John Lee

Whether or not Trump mishandled sensitive/secret government documents has yet to be proven. Hillary Clinton, however, was proven to have had multiple classified government documents
on an unsecured private server in one of her many homes. If Trump is found guilty of illegal activity, should he be held accountable or allowed to “slither” away from all responsibility as did Mrs. Clinton?

MOcountry
2 months ago
Reply to  J. Shenk

killary klinton was not a current nor a prior President of the United States, so you’re comparing apples to oranges.

LauraC
2 months ago
Reply to  MOcountry

Lame, MOcountry. She was Secretary of State, for heaven’s sake and wife of a President. She was at the top of the pecking order in DC for decades and profiteering as she went. You make it sound as if no one would be upset if Melanie Trump was collecting millions from foreign governments for a fake foundation or viciously slandering her husbands detractors. Hillary’s power makes the comparison more than accurate.

LauraC
2 months ago
Reply to  John Lee

John Lee, we could ask the same questions about Presidents Clinton and Biden. What would it take for them to be wrong or bad in your view? Drugs? Check. Infidelity? Prostitution? Check. Check. Dirty dealings in the stock market or taking vast sums of money from foreign entities and governments in exchange for favors? Check, check. A long string of dead former associates who got in the way or were wavering in their devotion? Check. Never having a real job in their lives, except sucking the government tit? Check.
There’s a saying about glass houses and throwing stones—look it up.

Gail Tubbs
2 months ago
Reply to  LauraC

Great, great, great!!! love ya Laura C.

Gail Tubbs
2 months ago
Reply to  John Lee

John Lee,
You are right…Trump is not perfect, but then, neither are you, correct?
Even though Trump is not perfect he was ( and is) the best president we have ever had!! Stop looking at his past to find YOUR gloatable problems. Look what he accomplished when he was in office…much more than YOUR Biden has even THOUGHT to do.

Timothy Detiveaux
2 months ago

Biden, DOJ, and FBI are all corrupt. Nothing more than an organized crime organization.

Kat
2 months ago

Agree with you. The whole Dem party is corrupt.

Guy
2 months ago

Amen

Peter
2 months ago

There will be no victory until the Traitors are punished severely. We have innocent American Citizens falsely imprisoned for exercising their Constitutional rights! I will not rest and I will not let this coup’detat by deep state Traitors continue on my watch. Search for President Ulysses S. Grant speech January 29, 1877: Message Regarding Presidential Election at the UVA Miller Center. …. “it can not be impressed too firmly in the hearts of all people that true liberty and progress can exist only through a cheerful adherence to constitutional law.”

JohnLeeHooker
2 months ago

When the putrid stench of cultural decomposition is in the air, the maggots come out to feed on the rot.

Guy
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnLeeHooker

Appropriate

Randy SJ Williams
2 months ago

For me and millions of others, a big problem is understanding the labyrinthine legal rules and processes that allow this kind of political horsepucky. America doesn’t have a two-tiered system of Justice. it’s a goldarned multi-factored matrix!!!

Mary
2 months ago

Invasion of privacy, tampering and seizure of private documents, etc, etc..when was it considered legal in this country to RAID a private citizen’s home and STEAL their belongings…oh boy, this is huge…so glad the judge was on Mr. Donald J. Trump’s side. I hope the Biden administration goes down big for this and chokes on a chicken bone..(and I am being polite).

j c
2 months ago

I am sticking with Trump – he is the only one we can trust.

Kat
2 months ago
Reply to  j c

Exactly

John Lee
2 months ago
Reply to  j c

Because he says you can trust him right? His actions don’t matter, just his words. Weak lemming.

Barrett Smith
2 months ago

Biden is running…er I mean shuffling scared.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

I REFUSE to vote for ANY Democrat. If they wear that label willingly with their current leaders, they are NOT FIT to be in office regardless of what they say!

Larkenson
2 months ago

Today worrying yourself sick about liberals and conservatives is just as stupid as worrying yourself sick over the Whig Party in 1853. Politics will be an entirely different thing as Whites come to REALIZE that they are a threatened minority. That is what is happening now. Diversity is a code word for White Genocide.

Mary
2 months ago
Reply to  Larkenson

I don’t feel the least bit threatened by anyone, last time I looked the white population is doing just fine!!

Myers
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary

In my humble opinion, the only beef I have with the so-called “incredible shrinking whitey” is the increasing advertising by the “woke” mega-corporations hell-bent on BLM, showing an over-abundance of black people in TV and internet ads, and very very few white people in them, and most of the time shown as simpletons (State Farm ads with Jake is one example.) If it was a regional thing (Atlanta, Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, etc.) I see no problem, but in the era of satellite TV, in areas considered as “flyover country” (predominantly white), these folks are bombarded with POCs on ads. Walmart is guilty of this on their Walmart+ app even! What is the endgame here? White lives don’t matter?

TxFrog
2 months ago

In reports right after the raid, it was reported that Trump’s lawyers were not allowed to observe the search. That seems like a clear violation of his rights, but I haven’t heard much about it recently. Is it not illegal to deny counsel the ability to watch the searh? How can we know anything they recovered wasn’t planted? It just seems like that should get the whole trove of material ruled inadmissable.

Rey
2 months ago

Time to expose these Democrats in power and the Democrat party for who they really are. Communists who hate Americans amd our way of life.
They hate our Federal institutions as they stand for the protection of every American.
Time to get them all out of office.
Vote for Repúblicans always.
Protect free and safe elections while
doing it.

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