Judicial Watch announced this week that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit over records regarding the National Archives and the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s home.
Lost to many in the controversy surrounding the Justice Department’s descent onto a former president’s home is the role of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The filing demands all communications and materials related to NARA’s referral to the Justice Department for records kept by the former president.
According to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, the American people “have an urgent right to know” how the records dispute was used as a “pretext” by the Biden administration “to raid Trump’s home.”
Fitton said that the action was “outrageous, reckless, and (an) unprecedented abuse of power.” He added that the unlawful secrecy by the White House on the raid “speaks volumes.”
The White House incredibly claims that it had no prior knowledge that the FBI was to descend upon Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch Filed a lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for records regarding its referral to the DOJ about former President Trump’s presidential records (1/3). https://t.co/WgDw7QjaKp
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) August 24, 2022
It was February when NARA asked the Department of Justice to review Trump’s handling of White House records. That investigation ultimately led to the raid earlier this month that shocked many political watchers.
In its lawsuit, Judicial Watch requested all related records of communication between NARA employees, the Justice Department, and any other part of the federal government.
In a separate case, the watchdog group moved to unseal the affidavit and all warrant materials used by the Justice Department to support the FBI raid.
On Monday, federal Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled that the Justice Department must propose redactions to the original affidavit. He rejected their call to keep it completely sealed.
The magistrate judge cited “intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former president’s residence.”
The lawsuit by Judicial Watch is exactly the right move to keep the pressure on the federal government to be forthcoming on the reality behind the raid. So far it has been a long string of coverups and half-answers, and the American public deserves much better than this.