Trump says he should be reinstated as president
Former President Donald Trump tore through the Justice Department again on Monday after a judge ruled in his favor in his attempt to sort through the fruits of the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search – then told the agency to “change the results” of the 2000 election.
Trump posted the missive on his Truth Social website hours after a judge he appointed in 2000 partially ruled in his favor in his bid for a ‘special master’ to review documents seized by the FBI during a search of his home in Florida.
The decision, in addition to opening the door for Trump to return or remove certain documents for government use, has the effect of blocking an investigation into potential mishandling or removal of classified government documents.
Trump went on the offensive Monday, once again tearing up law enforcement, in a possible hint at the FBI’s handling of Hunter Biden’s laptop information.
“Now that the FBI and DOJ have been caught up in a massive and life-altering election scam, will they change the results of the 2020 presidential election?” They should!!!’ Trump wrote.
The commentary doubled down on an article Trump wrote last week after Big Tech companies demoted a story about Hunter Biden’s laptop in a way that limited his prominence.
Former President Donald Trump called on the Justice Department and the FBI to “change the results of the 2020 presidential election.” A judge has granted Donald Trump’s request to have a special master examine the documents seized during the raid on Mar-a-Lago
“The FBI BURIED HUNTER BIDEN’S LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION, knowing that if it hadn’t, ‘Trump would have easily won the 2020 presidential election.’ is massive ELECTORAL FRAUD AND INTERFERENCE on a level never seen before in our country,’ Trump wrote.
“REMEDY: Declare the legitimate winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 election irretrievably compromised and call a new election, immediately!”
He tore up the office again by reposting a user who wrote that the “FBI raided Barron’s room”… but never raided Hunter’s.
Trump accepted the sentiment, writing, “It’s true!!!”
Trump’s Monday missive also came after President Joe Biden again tore into “extremist” members of the MAGA movement and “Trumpies” in general.
Trump claimed the Justice Department was “caught up in a massive and pivotal election scam,” and said he should “change the results” of the 2020 election he lost to Joe Biden.
“Are we going to build a future or are we going to obsess over the past? Biden said at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.
The New York Post reported Monday Timothy Thibault, the FBI agent who resigned last week after being hit by Republicans for his handling of the Hunter Biden investigation. The article says sources have identified Thibault as the “go-to man” for Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski, who attended the final presidential debate of 2020 at Trump’s invitation.
Trump’s return to an electoral overhaul, for which there is no provision in the Constitution, came after a federal judge in Florida granted Donald Trump’s request to have a special master review the seized documents during the raid on Mar-a-Lago – granting a key request from the former president and tapping the breaks on the government inquiry.
Judge Aileen Cannon approved Trump’s motion to appoint a special master “to examine seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged documents subject to client attorney claims and/or executive privilege. “.
The Trump-appointed judge also “temporarily barred” the government from “reviewing and using seized documents” pending the completion of the review.
This gives Trump and his legal team the side benefit of blocking the speedy proceedings that have unfolded since the August 8 FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago. Any potential appeal by the government could further slow down the procedure.
Judge Cannon issued the order in a ruling on Labor Day, after surprising some legal observers with a ruling last Saturday that revealed her temporary inclination to grant Trump’s push for a special master.
Trump’s team made its initial request in a Florida federal court filing, after another judge decided to release a heavily redacted version of the affidavit that helped justify the FBI’s warrant to search the former president’s private club.
Judge Aileen Cannon was nominated by Trump and confirmed in 2020
The government responded to Trump’s Florida trial with a jaw-dropping 36-page dossier and revealed new information about the extent of classified documents officers found at Mar-a-Lago.
They also included an FBI photo of documents marked “Top Secret” taken from Trump’s office spread out on a carpet.
The judge said her order should not preclude a classification review or intelligence assessment.
It comes after Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told two congressional committees that she would report to them on national security documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago.
The judge told lawyers for Trump and the government to confer and submit a list of potential special master nominees, along with a schedule for review and compensation.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump demanded a special master to review documents seized by the FBI and demanded the return of personal items belonging to Trump
A photo of the documents seized during the August 8 search at Mar-a-Lago was released Tuesday evening by the Ministry of Justice
The judge withheld a ruling on Trump’s claim for return of property taken in the raid.
The FBI seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified documents during its raid – and found classified documents hidden in Trump’s office, according to the filing.
Some were marked “TOP SECRET//SCI” with bright yellow borders and one was marked “SECRET//SCI” with a rust colored border.
The government, in its own filings, tore up Trump’s request and said its own corruption teams had already nearly completed an attorney-client privilege review. He also said there was no precedent for a special master to examine executive privilege, and argued that the privilege lay with the current executive: President Biden.
“After careful consideration of the parties’ arguments and the exceptional circumstances presented, the Court finds that the exercise of equitable jurisdiction over this action is warranted,” Justice Cannon wrote.
She agreed with the government that there was no evidence of ‘callous disregard for the plaintiff’s constitutional rights’ during the search, which came after months of back and forth and following a subpoena for other documents.
But she also cited documents uncovered by a lien review team who seized documents including “medical documents, tax-related correspondence and accounting information.”
She said the government had admitted seizing some personal effects “of no probative value”, with “more than 500 pages of documents potentially subject to solicitor-client privilege”.
She cited a “detailed inventory of property” where the government said officers had seized “approximately 11,000 documents and 1,800 other items from Mar-a-Lago’s office and storage room.
His ruling also cited the risk of government leaks.
“In addition to being deprived of potentially important personal documents, which alone create real harm, the plaintiff faces potential unquantifiable harm due to improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” he said. she writes.
The judge also showed sensitivity to Trump’s reputation should he be charged or even simply based on the search of his home.
“Based on the plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the seizure in question is in a league of its own. A future indictment, based in any degree on property that should be returned, would result in reputational damage of a decidedly different order of magnitude,” she wrote.
In one passage, the judge noted the “limits” of her determination, stating that Trump “may not be entitled to return much of the seized property or prevail over his anticipated lien claims.” This investigation remains for another day,” she added.
She also dismissed a government analogy that Trump’s effort to recover US government documents was akin to a drug dealer in a case who pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, then sought the return of $140,000. seized during a raid.
‘The applicant has not pleaded guilty to any crime; the government has not clearly explained how the plaintiff’s hands are dirty in relation to the personal items seized; and in any event, this is not a situation in which there is no reason to doubt the immediately apparent incriminating nature of the material seized, as in the case of the sale of cocaine,” said she writes.