Criminal charges of conspiracy to destroy government property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 and bombing a Central Intelligence Agency office were brought against Plamondon and two other defendants (defendants) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The defendants filed a motion to compel the United States Government (Government) to produce information gathered through electronic surveillance and hold a hearing to ascertain whether the Government’s evidence was tainted by it. The Government provided an affidavit from the Attorney General that agents had eavesdropped Plamondon’s conversations and claimed the Attorney General was acting under the President’s national security authority. The district court concluded that the Fourth Amendment was violated and ordered the Government to produce all overheard conversations.