Judge Scolds FBI for Seizing Trump Supporters’ Safety Deposit Boxes

We’ve been covering the story of the FBI’s seizure of the safety deposit boxes of hundreds of people from a private vault in Los Angeles County three years ago. As we reported, US Private Vaults was located in the one zip code in LA County where Donald Trump nearly won in 2020. That part of Beverly Hills is MAGA country, believe it or not.

The FBI raided the private vault for suspicion of various crimes—and while they were at it, the bureau robbed wealthy Trump supporters to the tune of millions of dollars, even though they had nothing to do with the criminal case. Those Trump supporters just won a major victory over the FBI in federal appeals court.

 

Based on the site where US Private Vaults was formerly located, it is a certainty that many of the people using safety deposit boxes there were Trump supporters. The FBI raided the business on suspicion of money laundering.

Rather than just focusing on the owners of US Private Vaults, however, agents cracked open the safety deposit boxes of 700 people—and confiscated everything of value.

They took gold coins, cash, heirloom jewelry, family keepsakes, personal records, passports, birth certificates, and other stuff that people have a tendency to keep in a safety deposit box. Tons of stuff went missing. FBI agents were filmed on surveillance cameras stuffing gold coins in their pockets. The box renters were basically bystanders who had nothing to do with the case against US Private Vaults.

The FBI robbed them, and as we have maintained from the start, this was a targeted robbery to steal from wealthy Trump supporters. The FBI wouldn’t steal from Democrats, because they take their marching orders from the Democrat Party these days.

The people who had their stuff stolen have been in an ongoing legal battle with the FBI ever since. Some of them were shocked to discover that when they finally got their property back from the FBI, valuables were missing. The FBI didn’t even catalog the contents of the safety deposit boxes, because they expected to be able to keep everything they stole.

Amazingly, a District Court judge handling a class action lawsuit against the FBI ruled in favor of the government. He ruled that it was perfectly fine for the FBI to raid and loot the safety deposit boxes of 700 people that were not covered in the warrant against US Private Vaults.

Even though many of the owners now have their property (or some of it) back from the FBI, they are continuing to sue to try to prevent the FBI from pulling this sort of stunt again.

Do you remember back in the days when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was a pack of leftwing lunatics who hated the Constitution and individual rights? Those days are over. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments, that court—located in San Francisco, of all places—is now one of the most sensible appellate courts in the country. A panel of judges there just overturned the District Court judge and scolded the FBI for its outrageous actions.

“What you’ve got is a declaration or an understanding that from the beginning, the authorities intended to search all the boxes, all of them,” said Judge Milan D. Smith. “There was not probable cause available with respect to all of the boxes, but they did it anyway. Now, how do we distinguish that from what the colonists were upset about, and which led to the Fourth Amendment?”

He’s absolutely right. The FBI seized the contents of safety deposit boxes from 700 people who had nothing to do with the case. That’s no different than the “writs of attainder” that the British used against the American colonists.

The Ninth Circuit has now remanded the case back to District Court, for a ruling that orders the FBI to destroy all the personal records that it collected on the Trump supporters. Rob Johnson, a senior attorney for the plaintiffs, says that the ruling “draws a line in the sand, to ensure something like this never happens again.”

Johnson says that if the FBI’s actions had been allowed by the court, it could have expanded the practice across the country. Instead, the FBI has now been scolded by the court and informed that it violated the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.


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    1. I say every egg sucking demorat F. B. I that was in on this theft robbery. Should be fired banned from the government .be forced to pay restitution and sent to prison.and the same goes for the egg sucking morons demorat that gave the orders. They all are nothing but. Pigs in sheep’s clothes.

      1. I agree. Virginia state police got keys to my home ( put it in writing) got keys to my car ( got that on video) broke into my office, and broke into my safety deposit box. They’ve stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars of my personal property. They stole millions from the City of Noforlk and 40 pages of classified intel from Booz Allen and NAS Oceana. They do the crime and should be put to death for 2 decades of torture.

  2. Excuse me, a judge “scoulds” the FBI for getting into safe deposit boxes? WHAAAT? Why did the judge not arrest and throw these idiots into jail?
    Something must be done about all these rogue events which are taking place all around us! Are there no honest, thinking individuals in our government anymore?

    1. Christopher Wray has got to gooooooooo he orders this grand theft and thinks it is perfectly legal?? And that is why the Big Guy is not in jail. It is called 2 tier justice system. I am surprised that these criminals are still in control. I think that Merrit Garland should take a long walk off a short bridge as he has allowed many many illegal aliendand drugs without lifting a friggin finger!!!

  3. Even with the fourth amendment fully intact didn’t stop bad actors in power from doing what they did. More proof of the violent take over by the left. We are slowly simmering towards socialist state.

  4. Ask everyone of the 700 affected citizens who are involved in this who they voted for in 2020. I bet a good many of them voted Democrat. If so it once again proves “you get what you vote for” and “what goes around comes around”. When will people learn?

    1. it says they were Trump supporters, your comment means all blue states can take away ALL citizens rights? Cali is Blue but the location of these Vaults is in a RED area.The FBI robbed them, and as we have maintained from the start, this was a targeted robbery to steal from wealthy Trump supporters. The FBI wouldn’t steal from Democrats, because they take their marching orders from the Democrat Party these days.

  5. Just another example as to why government agencies such as The FBI must be rebuilt from the ground—-up! Give some authority to some and then they believe they can do whatever they wish, without consequences.

    1. It isn’t that they need to be rebuilt it is that they need to be held accountable by their actual boss and not sell out their boss to the highest bidder. The FBI is part of the executive branch of our government, this means they don’t answer to the leader of the democrats, they don’t answer to the speaker of the house they answer to ultimately the president of the United States. And yet from 2016 on the FBI have only been listening to the democrat ring leader, who is just a wealthy immigrant from what was the USSR.

  6. One of the many examples of a weaponized government agency that does the bidding of one political party. The DOJ and FBI have become a de facto Gestopo for our nazi like admin and deep state. If you want to find money laundering look no further than the cocaine snorting son of the puppet in chief. That one is obvious but no FBI probe will be allowed or exposed.

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  8. The judge should have arrested them with a very high cash only bail warrant for those that ordered this crime all Fired prosecuted

  9. Oh boy he scolds them, BAD, BAD FBI that’s really showing them. Going to really stop their criminal actions. I hope that judge holds his breath until they straighten up.

  10. After reading about these acts of theft brings images of GERMANY and the NAZIs raiding and theft of the Jewish Citizens for THE THIRD RITE of Hitler’s Army. Add this to the other actions of Biden (GEZSTOPO) Administration and if not stopped will certainly prove who is directing America towards dictatorship.

  11. The judge scolds the FBI *** The FBI still goes about the same old shit cause the democrats have them in there back pockets.** They should of been put in jail just like anyone esle would of been there no better than us. But boy they do act better now that the democrats let then be above the law. Should be cleaned out and all new put in . Right now there all a big bunch of pigs.

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