Trump lawyers say redacted affidavit underscores need for neutral third party

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump said Friday’s release of a redacted FBI affidavit underscores the importance of appointing a neutral third party to review documents seized during an FBI search of his Mar-a estate. -The girlfriend.

The redacted affidavit provides almost no information that would allow Trump to understand why the search took place or what was taken, the attorneys said in a brief attempting to bolster the legal basis for his lawsuit seeking the appointment of a so-called special master.

“The few unredacted lines raise more questions than answers,” the former president’s lawyers said.

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Trump received a copy of the search warrant, which explained the specific reason for the search. And it follows more than a year of negotiations between Trump’s lawyers and the National Archives, which sounded the alarm after the White House files went missing.

Trump returned 15 boxes of documents in January, which records show contained about 300 highly classified documents.

On August 23, U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon in West Palm Beach, Fla., ordered Trump to file the case within 24 hours of receiving the complaint, asking him to clarify why he thinks the court is competent for such a matter and explain the “precise relief” he seeks.

The Trump-appointed judge’s request was seen by some legal experts as a possible sign of trouble with the lawsuit, which is separate from a case in the same court regarding the search warrant that was used and the FBI affidavit. who accompanies him.

The 27-page complaint has been dubbed a “motion for judicial review and additional relief,” though much of the filing is devoted to Trump’s general grievances.

The front page included a footnote stating that 84% of Republicans would support Trump if he ran for the White House again in 2024.

The following pages complain of a “raid” at Trump’s home by a “platoon of federal agents” and Trump’s claim that the government “refused to give him any reason” for the search.

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