Judicial Watch files FOIA suit against National Archives to obtain Trump raid records

“The Biden administration’s unlawful secrecy on its political raid of Trump’s home speaks volumes"

Updated: August 24, 2022 - 3:44pm

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Judicial Watch on Wednesday announced a suit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to the investigation of former President Donald Trump.

“The Biden administration’s raid on President Trump’s home is an outrageous, reckless and unprecedented abuse of power," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. "And the American people have an urgent right to know how the Biden administration manufactured the records dispute used as a pretext for the raid on Trump’s home."

“The Biden administration’s unlawful secrecy on its political raid of Trump’s home speaks volumes," he added.

The watchdog filed the FOIA in February of this year seeking "[a]ll records regarding the referral from NARA to the Department of Justice regarding the records management procedures of former President Donald Trump," according to a press release.

In a separate suit, Judicial Watch obtained a ruling from Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to partially unseal the affidavit that accompanied the warrant the FBI used to raid Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month in search of classified records.

Trump has since filed a motion requesting that a "special master" review the documents the FBI seized.