(TPM) – Former President Donald Trump is sueing the government and asking that a special master to determine what materials from the Mar-a-Lago raid can be used against him in the investigation.
Trump filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Monday afternoon, claiming that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the raid and the subsequent seizure of certain documents, including two of his passports. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
The lawsuit comes as a Florida magistrate prepares to decide whether to unseal the affidavit that led to the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
“Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice. President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run”, the lawsuit reads, according to the Daily Mail.
It states that the raid was “shockingly aggressive” and shows that “no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans.”
“Like all citizens, (Trump) is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Property seized in violation of his constitutional rights musty be returned forthwith.”
The lawsuit switches between constitutional arguments over “rights to protection from unreasonable search and seizure to some of Trump’s long-held grievances,” Daily Mail reports.
“The Government has long treated President Donald J. Trump Unfairly,” says one heading in the lawsuit, claiming that the DOJ and the FBI have treated the former president “differently than any other citizen.”
“Two years of noisy ‘Russian collusion’ investigations led to a Special Counsel’s finding of biased FBI agents and officials,” the suit says.