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Separation of Powers Debate - It's Coming

Asking Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to order “the return of all items seized from his office,” the motion argued that the unprecedented search of a Congressional office by federal agents violated the Speech or Debate Clause and separation of powers protections in the Constitution.

Jefferson also wants Hogan to block the Justice Department and FBI from any “further review or inspection of the seized items” and to instruct the “Filter Team” that is evaluating the materials taken to tell his legal team what electronic records were confiscated. The hard drive from Jefferson’s personal computer was seized as part of the FBI search, according to the Louisiana Democrat’s lawyers.

Jefferson also wants to see the redacted portions of the FBI’s affidavit that was used to justify the search.