Trump attempts to use a Truth Social post to make a legal request for the DOJ to give Mar-a-Lago-raid documents back

  • Trump on Sunday demanded the return of some documents taken in the raid at Mar-a-Lago.

  • He made the request in a Truth Social post, appearing to mistakenly think it had legal force.

  • Trump was reacting to a Fox story claiming some of the documents may be privileged.

Former President Donald Trump over the weekend made a demand for documents taken by the FBI to be returned to him — via a Truth Social post, rather than his lawyers.

The former president made the demand on Sunday. It seemed worded as if Trump expected it to have legal force.

“Oh great!” Trump wrote. “It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”

Truth Social — effectively a clone of Twitter with a MAGA sensibility — refers to individual posts as “truths,” and the retweet equivalent is to “retruth” a message.

The documents Trump asked to be returned are ones he claims are covered by attorney-client privilege and executive privilege from when he was in office. Neither Trump nor the Department of Justice immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment about the claims.

The nature of the documents is unclear. Trump appeared to be responding to trump-records-during-raid-doj-opposes-request-independent-review-sources” data-ylk=”slk:a Fox News story” class=”link “a Fox News story that identified five boxes and one further set of documents as having the potential to be protected. The items are the ones named here:

Mar-a-Lago search warrant receipt

A portion of a legal document listing items taken from Mar-a-Lago by FBI agents executing a search warrant on August

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