- Trump’s lawyers called the criminal investigation ‘unprecedented and misguided’.
- The Justice Department asked the judge to allow the criminal investigation during the Special Master Review.
Donald Trump argued against allowing the Justice Department to review documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, while a special master independently reviews records under a court filing Monday that called the investigation ” Unprecedented and misguided”.
US District Judge Eileen Cannon temporarily halted the department’s criminal investigation during an independent review. But it allowed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to continue the security assessment of the documents.
In a separate filing on Monday, Trump’s lawyers lashed out at the government’s two candidates for the special master — without elaborating on the opposition. Trump’s lawyers argued that Canon could hear his complaints privately.
The government is asking the court to choose Barbara Jones, a former federal judge in Manhattan who played an equally special role in the investigation of Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen, or Thomas Griffith, a retired federal appeals court judge. Columbia Circuit.
“Plaintiffs believe that there are specific reasons why those nominees are not preferred to serve as Special Master in this case,” the Trump filing said. “The plaintiff also submits that it is more honorable for candidates of any party to prevent grounds of public protest, and likely to be widely disseminated.”
Trump’s lawyers proposed Raymond Deary, a former chief federal judge in Brooklyn, who also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Paul Huck Jr., a former deputy attorney general in Florida.
Canon hasn’t set a deadline for when it will name the particular master it authorized last week.
The Justice Department filed a notification saying it would appeal its decision. Meanwhile, the department urged Canon to lift the ban on investigators reviewing documents because the same officers investigating criminal cases are associated with those who contribute to intelligence reviews.
But Trump’s lawyers said in their filing Monday that Cannon’s ruling for a special master could restore “order from chaos,” arguing they sought to criminalize Trump’s possession of his own presidential record. Went.
“This investigation of the 45th President of the United States is both unprecedented and misguided,” the filing said.
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According to the filing, Trump’s lawyers also dismissed the urgency of the investigation, saying “there is no indication that any ‘classified records’ have been disclosed to anyone.” Trump’s lawyers argued that the documents were locked in a storage room at Mar-a-Lago, which was secured by the Secret Service.
But former national security officials told USA Today that the categories of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago are typically only read in government-authorized safe rooms and then locked in a safe. Federal officials said there was no government-authorized room for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
FBI agents found 54 “secret” and 11 “top secret” documents out of 11,000 documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. The other 48 empty folders had “Classified Banners” and 42 folders were marked “Return to Staff Secretary/Military Aide”.