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Ex-President Donald Trump Sues US Govt Over FBI Raid at His Florida Home

Trump was accused of taking official documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate after demitting office.

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Former United States President Donald Trump on Monday, 22 August, sued the US government over the raid conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at his Florida home a few weeks ago.

In his lawsuit, Trump has urged the court to prevent the bureau from reading seized documents until a special court official is assigned to review them, The Guardian reported.

The suit also "requires the government to provide a more detailed receipt for property and... to return any item seized that was not within the scope of the search warrant."

Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate was raided on 8 August by the FBI to look for official records and documents that the former president allegedly took from the White House when he left office.
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'Raid Conducted After Finding Probable Cause': DOJ

The search was reportedly carried out under the Espionage Act and some material seized is believed to be related to nuclear weapons.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement that they would respond to Trump's lawsuit.

"The search warrant at Mar-a-Lago was authorised by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause," DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley said, as per BBC.

The 27-page lawsuit was filed in a district court in Florida's West Palm Beach before a judge whom Trump himself appointed in 2020.

The lawsuit also mentioned that "President Donald J Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run."

It also said that law enforcement is a "shield" that protects Americans and cannot be used as a "weapon" for political purposes.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in the DOJ refused to release details about the search warrant used by the FBI to raid Trump's Florida home.

It stated that such a move could cause "irreparable damage" to its investigation.

"If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation," the DOJ stated, "providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps."

(With inputs from The Guardian, CNN, and BBC.)

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