The federal magistrate who greenlit the raid of a former president’s home gave the FBI until Friday to release a redacted version of the document supporting the historic raid. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided by 30 armed FBI agents on Aug. 8, 2022. And ever since, everyone has wondered why.
On Monday, Judge Bruce Reinhart officially ordered the FBI to get him their suggested redactions to the documents by noon Thursday, saying he was inclined to release them. The federal lawyers turned in their suggested versions of the affidavit supporting the search warrant Thursday morning, and Reinhart accepted the FBI’s changed version of the affidavit.
As PJ Media reported, two well-respected lawyers who specialize in constitutional rights say the search warrant alone confirmed that “the FBI had no legally valid cause for the raid.” Zero. They’re joined by legal scholar Alan Dershowitz and former chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Supreme Court clerk Mike Davis.
The FBI said Trump violated three federal statutes, but David Rivkin and Lee A. Casey, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said those excuses are bogus. “Mr. Trump’s documents are covered by a specific statute, the Presidential Records Act of 1978 [PRA],” say the authors. Furthermore, “the Supreme Court position, as stated in Morton v. Mancari (1974), [says] that “where there is no clear intention otherwise, a specific statute will not be controlled or nullified by a general one, regardless of the priority of enactment.” In other words, “the former president’s rights under the PRA trump any application of the laws the FBI warrant cites.”
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