Trump raid deeply troubling for those who care about civil liberties: Harmeet Dhillon

The Trump raid search warrant released Friday has been criticized for being overbroad and a potential 'fishing expedition'

Harmeet Dhillon, co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, dissected Friday's unsealed search warrant in conjunction with an FBI raid on former President Trump's estate on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

HARMEET DHILLON: What we know that has been confirmed by the search warrant being revealed is that it was extremely broad, like Shannon just pointed out. And what we don't know and what everybody wants to know is what was the justification presented to a federal judge to take this extraordinary step on the part of the United States Department of Justice? 

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And so, generally speaking, that search warrant affidavit or affidavits are not unsealed until there is an indictment. And even then, if they're national security implications, they could be restricted to the target of that subpoena and the or the search warrant, rather, and his attorneys.

And so it's going to be a while probably before we see that. And I suspect that the Department of Justice is not keen to reveal exactly why they took this step.

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But what we can also say is that a federal magistrate judge does have the ability and, in fact, I think the duty, to cut back on a subpoena that seems overbroad for the circumstances. Now, in reality, they often just rubber-stamp them.

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That's a real problem in our judicial system. And I think that's what happened here. And I really, my mind is blown that this can be a justified search of a former president. And so this is deeply troubling for anybody who cares about civil liberties in our country.

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