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FIRST ON FOX: Judicial Watch on Wednesday filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against the National Archives and Records Administration, demanding all communications and documents related to its referral to the Justice Department for presidential records of the former President Trump.

The National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to review Trump’s handling of White House records in February — an investigation that ultimately led to the raid on his private residence in Mar-a-Lago earlier in the year. month.

“The Biden administration’s raid on President Trump’s home is an outrageous, reckless and unprecedented abuse of power,” Judicial Watch Chairman Tom Fitton told Fox News Digital. “And the American people have an urgent right to know how the Biden administration fabricated the dispute over the records used as a pretext for the raid on Trump’s house.”

Fitton added, “The Biden administration’s illegal secrecy over its political raid on Trump’s home speaks volumes.”

BIDEN SIGNED FBI REVIEW OF TRUMP FILES, NATIONAL ARCHIVES LETTER REVEALS

A police officer talks to a woman outside the Mar-a-Lago home of former US President Donald Trump after Trump said FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, USA United, August 8, 2022.
(REUTERS/Marco Bello)

Judicial Watch requests all related communication records between any official or employee of NARA and any official or employee of the Department of Justice and any other branch, department, agency or office of the federal government.

The organization is also requesting records regarding the retrieval of records from Trump, or any person or entity acting on his behalf, by NARA.

Judicial Watch, in a separate case, decided to unseal all warrant documents, including the affidavit, which the Justice Department used to justify the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

JUDGE REINHART STRONGLY REJECTS DOJ’S ARGUMENT TO KEEP TRUMP’S AFFIDAVIT SEALED, CALLS ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ RAID

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed the search warrant, formally ruled on Monday that the Justice Department was offering redactions to the original affidavit so it could review it to determine if it can be made public. .

Reinhart said “given the intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of the residence of a former president,” the Justice Department has “not yet shown” that the affidavit should remain sealed. .

The Justice Department has until midday Thursday to submit the affidavit with its proposed redactions, after arguing that unsealing the document would jeopardize its ongoing investigation.

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Meanwhile, Fox News reported this week that the Biden White House, at the request of the Justice Department, authorized the FBI and the intelligence community to review hundreds of pages of classified documents that Trump had turned over to the NARA this spring.