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Donald Trump sues over FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate

WASHINGTON Former President Donald Trump asked a judge Monday to order the appointment of a particular master to oversee the handling of the documents seized in the search of his Mar-a-Lago estate fourteen days ago.

The court filing also asks the judge to require the Justice Department to come back materials not included in the scope of the search warrant, which Trump’s team identifies as “overbroad.” The filing also calls the Justice Department’s decision to find the estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Aug. 8 a “shockingly aggressive move.”

The federal magistrate judge who signed off on the search reiterated earlier Monday that there is “probable cause that proof multiple federal crimes will be found” at the estate and doubled down on his decision to authorize the search.

Having carefully reviewed the Affidavit before signing the Warrant, I was and am satisfied that the reality sworn by the affiant are reliable, wrote Judge Bruce Reinhartof the Southern District of Florida.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Monday that the U.S. would react to Trump’s allegations through the legal process.

“The Aug. 8 search warrant at Mar-a-Lago was authorized by way of a federal court upon the mandatory finding of probable cause,” he said. “The department knows this evenings motion. AMERICA will file its response in court.”

Trump’s filing Monday also included a note that Trump had his lawyer relay to a high Justice Department lawyer on Aug. 11, just days following the search.

“President Trump wants the Attorney General to learn he has been hearing from people all around the county concerning the raid. If there is one word to spell it out their mood, it really is ‘angry.’ Heat is accumulating. The pressure is accumulating. Whatever I could do to take heat down, to create the pressure down, just tell us,” the message said, based on the filing.

Hours following the telephone call, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced at a news conference that the Justice Department had sought to unseal a few of the search warrant materials.

Trump’s court filing criticizes Garland over what it identifies as a “hastily prepared press conference,” calling it “an ill-founded a reaction to the general public outcry” on the search.

The court filing shows that Trump’s rights beneath the Fourth Amendment were at issue.

“Police is really a shield that protects Americans. It can’t be used as a weapon for political purposes,” the motion states. “Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Browse the court filing below:

Ryan J. Reilly is really a justice reporter for NBC News.

Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes reports for NBC News, located in Washington.

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