Trump Threatens ‘Major Motion’ Based On Fourth Amendment In FBI Mar-A-Lago Search

Former President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a “major motion” involving the Fourth Amendment over the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home.

He offered no details, although he appeared to be referring to a court action. The Fourth Amendment provides protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

A federal judge approved a warrant for the FBI to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago social club and residence based on information provided by the Department of Justice.

FBI agents collected about 20 boxes of material from Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified information, reportedly containing some top secret documents. All material, whether classified or not, was supposed to have been turned over to the National Archives when Trump left office.

“A major motion pertaining to the Fourth Amendment will soon be filed concerning the illegal Break-in of my home, Mar-a-Lago, right before the ever important Mid-Term elections,” Trump wrote in a post on his social media platform , Social Truth.

“My rights, together with the rights of all Americans, have been violated at a level rarely seen before in our County,” he added.

“The greatest Witch Hunt in USA history has been going on for six years, with no consequences to the scammers.”

Trump was apparently referring to investigations that have involved him or his campaigns, including two House impeachments and a special prosecutor probe into reported Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

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Several legal experts scoffed at the possibility of any successful “major motion” by Trump based on the Fourth Amendment.

Former US Attorney Harry Litman speculated in a Twitter post that Trump was likely referring to a motion to suppress evidence, which people do after — not before — charges are filed. “And he’ll surely lose,” Litman wrote.

University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck noted that it’s currently “virtually impossible to sue federal law enforcement officers for even egregious violations of the Fourth Amendment,” much less in Trump’s case.

University of California, Berkeley, law professor Orin Kerr quipped that he’s “hearing if Trump files a major motion, DOJ is planning a super mega opposition to the motion.”

The Mar-a-Lago search warrant has already been publicly released, and it revealed Trump is being investigated for possible violation of the Espionage Act, obstruction, and destruction or removal of documents.

On Thursday, Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered the Justice Department to submit a redacted version of the affidavit that was used to justify the warrant by next week. Reinhart would then decide if he is satisfied with the editorials or whether he would make his own.

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