FBI Took Records From Trump’s Home That Were Protected By Attorney-Client Privilege

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During the recent raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home by the FBI, documents were taken by the FBI and it has been in question as to the status of those documents.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart unsealed the warrant on Friday after a request from both the Department of Justice and the former president.

The warrant said that the search would be done “on or before August 19, 2022,” and “in the daytime 6:00 am. to 10:00 p.m.”

“The locations to be searched include the ‘45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate,” it said.

The warrant gave the FBI the authority to seize “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed” in violation of the U.S. Code.

This means that only things that were in violation were to be seized.

The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret.

It is reported that some of the documents had been previously classified, but Trump has stated that he declassified them during his term before he left the Oval Office, disputing the classification of “Top Secret”.

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

The former president has been transparent on social media regarding the search and the documents in question.

Trump immediately noted on his Truth Social platform on Friday that he, as president, had already declassified the documents that were confiscated by agents.

“Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to “seize” anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request,” the former president posted.

“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.” he continued.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “The list includes references to one set of documents marked as ‘Various classified/TS/SCI documents,’ an abbreviation that refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information.

“It also says agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. The list didn’t provide any more details about the substance of the documents,” the Journal added.

“The warrant said investigators were seeking all records that could be evidence of violations of laws governing the gathering, transmitting or losing of classified information; the removal of official government records; and the destruction of records in a federal investigation,” the paper continued.

The report said that in all, agents removed around 20 boxes of materials.

They included “binders of photos, a handwritten note and the executive grant of clemency for Mr. Trump’s ally Roger Stone, a list of items removed from the property shows. Also included in the list was information about the ‘President of France,’” the paper continued.

“Mr. Trump’s lawyers argue that the former president used his authority to declassify the material before he left office. While a president has the power to declassify documents, there are federal regulations that lay out a process for doing so.”

Now it is stated by Trump and his attorneys that the 20 boxes that were seized by the FBI included materials that are protected by legal privilege.

In addition to the documents covered by executive privilege, the FBI grabbed documents that were protected by attorney-client privilege during its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, Conservative Brief reports.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled 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.

The former president responded to the news on his truth Social account on Sunday saying,

“Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged “attorney-client” material, and also “executive” privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”

The Department of Justice opposed the request of the former president’s attorneys to appoint a special master to review the records, a source said to Fox News exclusively.

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