Former president Donald Trump’s legal team on Monday asked a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee a review of classified documents and other materials seized from Mar-a-Lago this month and sought to force the Justice Department to provide a more thorough explanation of why the search was necessary.
Trump’s filing describes the FBI search as politically motivated, overbroad and “shockingly aggressive,” saying the former president had been cooperative in the probe into the removal of White House documents and accusing agents of improperly seizing records to which they had no right, including Trump’s passports.
It asked the court to order the FBI to return any information taken from Trump’s property that went beyond the scope of the search warrant. The FBI said in a statement last week that it “follows court’s search and seizure orders” and “returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes.”
The filing said a special master…
This article was written by Perry Stein and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com