Alan Dershowitz: FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid ‘Was an Improper Search’

Alan Dershowitz: FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid ‘Was an Improper Search’
Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz in Washington on Jan. 29, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Sunday claimed the FBI raid targeting former President Donald Trump was improperly done.

“This was an improper search. They should have enforced the subpoena. That’s what Merrick Garland said the Justice Department generally does—less intrusive methods,” Dershowitz, a former criminal defense attorney, told Fox News.

Elaborating, Dershowitz suggested the Department of Justice and FBI may have violated Trump’s constitutional rights, namely his Fourth Amendment right to privacy.

“The affidavit, if it’s revealed, may indicate reasons why a search warrant had to be effectuated three days after or two and a half days after it was approved,” he said, “but right now, the burden of proof is heavily on the government to justify this intrusive search.”

Department of Justice officials should have to prove whether the search was properly “justified not only under the letter but the spirit of the Fourth Amendment,” he added.

His comment comes as the federal magistrate judge who approved the Aug. 8 search suggested Monday that the affidavit should be partially redacted.

Judge’s Order

“Particularly given the intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former President’s residence, the Government has not yet shown that these administrative concerns are sufficient to justify sealing,” Judge Bruce Reinhart wrote in his order.

The Justice Department now has until 12 p.m. on Thursday to submit portions of the document to be redacted, Reinhart said.

More than a week ago, the same judge unsealed the FBI property receipt and a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, showing that agents took 11 boxes containing allegedly classified material. Trump and former aides have said that the 45th president had a standing order to declassify certain documents.

Trump, meanwhile, has pointed to a Jan. 19, 2021, order that he issued to declassify certain documents relating to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation that was opened against his campaign in 2016. A top former Defense Department official, Kash Patel, told the Wall Street Journal in a Sunday interview he believes those documents were related to the “Russiagate” investigation and narrative that claimed the former president colluded with Russia to get elected in 2016.

“It had to do with Russiagate. It had to do with the Hillary email scandal. It had to do with a whole lot of other stuff. And [Trump] said, ‘This is all declassified,’” Patel told the outlet.

The FBI and Department of Justice have not issued public comments on whether the documents agents seized had to do with that investigation, and The Epoch Times has contacted the agencies for comment.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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