(Chris Parker, Headline USA) After the Left’s ongoing “witch hunt” and harassments of former President Donald Trump, his legal team is now warning about the real possibility of criminal charges, reported The Daily Wire.
Those charges, discussed yesterday by Trump’s lawyers in court filings, would stem from the government documents held at his Mar-a-Lago resort and obtained during an “unprecedented” raid by the FBI. That raid was conducted despite no legal basis.
Trump was first warned about the potential for charges shortly after leaving office. The National Archives contacted Patrick Philbin, the former president’s representatives to the Archives, and his former White House counsel Pat Cipollone in an attempt to retrieve the documents from Trump.
However, Trump refused. “It’s not theirs, it’s mine,” he reportedly told several advisers. Eric Herschmann, the former White House lawyer under Trump, warned him later in 2021 that it could result in significant legal consequences.
He then submitted 15 boxes but kept several records. The FBI has since recovered several more boxes, including those seized during the highly controversial Mar-a-Lago raid.
Since the raid, Trump was granted his request for Judge Raymond J. Dearie to serve as special master in the case filed over the documents. Dearie now has the task of reviewing them.
Dearie has also asked Trump to discuss details pertaining to documents that he declassified, especially before he declares them as his own property. Trump’s lawyers are fighting that request.
“Similarly, the Draft Plan requires that the Plaintiff disclose specific information regarding declassification to the Court and to the Government,” the legal team wrote. “We respectfully submit that the time and place for affidavits or declarations would be in connection with a Rule 41 motion that specifically alleges declassification as a component of its argument for return of property.”
“Otherwise, the Special Master process will have forced the Plaintiff to fully and specifically disclose a defense to the merits of any subsequent indictment without such a requirement being evident in the District Court’s order,” they added.
The raid against Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has been hotly debated as baseless and illegal. Government memos have since proven that the Biden administration played a crucial role in facilitating the militarized operation.