‘Inventory list’ provided by FBI was ‘bordering on nothing’, former president’s lawyer says
Former US President Donald Trump and his attorneys still don’t know what was taken in the FBI’s raid on his Florida home last week, according to Trump attorney Lindsey Halligan, who told Fox News on Monday that the list of seized items that the agency had provided was “worthless limit.”
“We repeatedly asked for a true description of the inventory of what was takenHalligan told Fox’s Sean Hannity, lamenting the list’s lack of detail. “It does not say where the documents were, what was specifically taken,” she continued.”We have real concerns about whether they were right to take certain things.”
“The Department of Justice clearly has different rules for Donald Trump and anybody else. The whole system really suffers when they write different rules for different people,” she added.
The FBI also avoided communicating its intentions by seizing the documents it took, including whether they constitute “evidence“in any sort of investigation and if anything they plan to do with the material,” the attorney said.
The search warrant used to search the property cited potential violations of the Espionage Act and said officers were authorized to take anything marked “classified” or otherwise related to “transmission of national defense information or classified material.“The list of seized items included 11 sets of classified documents.
Trump claimed he had already declassified documents found at the property and accused officers of stealing documents protected by attorney-client and executive privilege. The president’s passports were also seized, although the Justice Department told reporters they had been returned to his lawyers.
Lawyers for the former president were not allowed to observe the search of his property, and Halligan said FBI agents ordered them to turn off security cameras as it unfolded.
The FBI defended its conduct in a statement on Monday, saying “follows court-ordered search and seizure procedures, then returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes.”
US Republicans call on FBI to release Trump research affidavit
Republicans called on the Justice Department to unseal the affidavit used as the basis of the search warrant, arguing that this step is necessary to prove that the raid was not just a “fishing expeditionby a partisan administration determined to scuttle Trump’s chances of a political comeback.
Democrats countered that further investigation was needed, demanding an assessment of the potential damage to national security caused by Trump having classified documents in his personal possession at his home.
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