Attorney General Todd Rokita this week along with the states of Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia called for a U.S. appeals court to ensure that former President Donald Trump is afforded necessary legal protections following the Biden administration’s unprecedented nine-hour search of former President Trump’s private residence and its seizure of more than 10,000 documents.
“From the beginning, this intrusion into former President Trump’s private home has been suspect as to whether the standards of professionalism and reasonableness have been met,” Attorney General Rokita said. “The Biden administration has a history of gamesmanship and questionable conduct, which gives us plenty of reason to be skeptical of the motivations leading to the raid.”
Any strategy of weaponizing federal law-enforcement agencies against political opponents has no place in a free republic, Attorney General Rokita said.
“In the past, I have respected the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to uphold the law,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We must not allow the Biden administration to tarnish that proud heritage by turning the U.S. Justice Department into a political shop devoted to settling scores for the current president.”
As part of a multistate amicus brief, Attorney General Rokita has asked the appeals court to uphold a district court’s order appointing a neutral special master and temporarily enjoining the Biden administration from utilizing a discrete subset of the documents seized for criminal investigative purposes.
The court, the brief states, should bear in mind “the extraordinary circumstance of a presidential administration ransacking the home of its one-time — and possibly future — political rival.”
The amicus brief is attached.