(PresidentialHill.com)- The legal team for Donald Trump is requesting that a judge order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide an entirely redacted copy of the FBI affidavit that was used to obtain a search warrant for the former president’s Mar-a-Lago property.
Trump, rather than the magistrate judge who first approved the warrant, turned to the same judge in court files on Tuesday who appointed a special master to analyze the records acquired during the search.
In the petition, Trump’s attorneys stated that the plaintiff “cannot vindicate his Constitutional rights” unless he is allowed to see the search warrant document.
The court ruled that the Plaintiff must have a chance to analyze the affidavit and decide whether the Fourth Amendment was upheld, deliberately subverted, or carelessly disregarded by a DOJ intent on peeping under the Mar-a-Lago tent.
During the investigation, the Justice Department found over 100 classified documents at Trump’s home and took 22,000 pages of other federal documents.
A strongly redacted copy of the warrant was made available by the Justice Department in late August, and the court unsealed a less redacted copy in mid-September.
A significant portion of the nearly 40-page warrant affidavit is still redacted, but in his filing, Trump’s legal team seems focused on how the search of his home might affect other unresolved legal matters, claiming without proof that the Justice Department improperly sought information for unidentified investigations.
The affidavit came up during arguments on Tuesday before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the DOJ is attempting to overturn the appointment of the special master to examine the records.
Government attorney Sopan Joshi for the DOJ claimed the office and storage room were mentioned as searched locations in the search warrant. It specifically described the objects to be taken, which are the precise items. The record document “116-1” contains the comprehensive property inventory. It reveals 33 cartons of stolen goods, 26 from the storage room and seven from the office.
“And that’s precisely what we confiscated,” said Joshi.