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Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting a meeting to discuss what they see as “unfair treatment” of their client.
According to Fox News Digital, the former president’s attorneys sent the letter to the AG on Tuesday.
“We represent Donald J. Trump, the 45′ President of the United States, in the investigation currently being conducted by the Special Counsel’s Office. Unlike President Biden, his son Hunter, and the Biden family, President Trump is being treated unfairly,” the letter says, according to the outlet.
“No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful fashion. We request a meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss the ongoing injustice that is being perpetrated by your Special Counsel and his prosecutors,” it added.
Fox News Digital noted further:
The letter comes as Special Counsel Jack Smith has been working to wrap up his probe into the Trump classified documents case for the past few weeks, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
It’s unclear when Smith will announce what came out of the investigation or if he plans to prosecute Trump.
Garland appointed Smith as special counsel in November 2022 after the FBI searched for missing classified documents in a raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Aug. 8, 2022.
Garland has also appointed a special counsel to look into President Joe Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents found at an office in Washington, D.C., as well as one of his Delaware homes.
Robert Hur, who was appointed by Trump as a U.S. attorney, was been selected to lead the investigation in January. It’s also not clear when he will provide an update on the status of his investigation as well.
According to The New York Times, the former president sent a private message to Garland prior to the latter’s press conference following the raid in which Garland said he “personally approved” the search for classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022.
The message was relayed to Garland by someone close to Trump shortly before the press conference.
“The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?” said Trump’s message, according to the Times.
“First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland admitted during the press conference. “Second, the Department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.”
Subsequent reports claim that the Justice Department may seek to charge the former president for violations of the Espionage Act, a century-old statute that has seldom been used.
Trump reacted to the raid on his Truth Social platform at the time.
“The RAID was Politics, the Midterm Elections, and 2024. It’s another form of Election CHEATING – That’s all the Radical Left Democrats know what to do. They use the FBI & DOJ to try and dirty up their opponents, but the people of our Country are wise to them like never before. Be careful what you wish for!” he wrote.
Fox News reported at the time that the FBI seized sensitive attorney-client privilege documents during the raid as well.
“Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege,” the outlet reported.
“Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and their client confidential,” Fox News added.