September 27, 2022
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for FBI and DOJ records of the Mar-a-Lago raid search warrant application and approval, as well as communications about the warrant between the FBI, Executive Office of the President and the Secret Service.
The lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the DOJ failed to respond to August 2022 FOIA requests. The first complaint asks for all records documenting the application, authorization and communications related to the execution of a search warrant at the residence of President Trump on August 8, 2022 (Judicial Watch Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice) (No. 1:22-cv-02884)).
Additionally, Judicial Watch is suing for all records of meetings or phone calls between Director Wray, Deputy Director Abbate, Associate Deputy Director Turner, Associate Deputy Director Sallet, and/or Chief of Staff Lenzner pertaining to the search warrant. Also requested are communications between the FBI and the Executive Office of the President and/or the Secret Service regarding the search warrant (Judicial Watch Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice) (No. 1:22-cv-02883)).
“The American people have a right to know the entire story about the Biden administration’s abusive raid on President Trump’s home,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The raid on President Trump’s home was an outrageous, reckless and unprecedented abuse of power – and the unlawful Biden agency secrecy about the raid only adds to the scandal.”
Judicial Watch is in the forefront in the court battle for transparency regarding the abusive Biden raid on Trump’s home.
In August, Judicial Watch forced the release of the raid affidavit. Judicial Watch also just sued the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for records about its controversial targeting of former President Trump over this records dispute.