Trump lawyers oppose Justice Department request to keep classified information from special master

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In a court filing Tuesday, attorneys for former President Trump questioned again whether classified documents recovered by the FBI during an Aug. 8 search of his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida were in fact classified, but no evidence. Not given that Trump had declassified him.

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Trump’s legal team has repeatedly implied in court filings that the former president may have declassified documents, but has declined to say they have publicly claimed Trump and his allies.

“The Government again considers that the documents which it claims are classified are, in fact, classified and that their segregation is infringing. However, the Government has not yet proved this important fact.”

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On Friday, the Justice Department asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to halt a special master review of classified material found at Trump’s Palm Beach home and ask the department to examine documents as part of its investigation as a special master. Asked to allow the use to continue. Review other recovered documents.

The Justice Department’s request Friday focused on the judge’s decision to ask the Special Master to evaluate the nearly 100 classified records found in the search and to restrain the department from using the documents in its ongoing investigation until the review is complete, in which It may take months. The judge allowed the intelligence community to continue a national security review investigating the potential loss of some of the nation’s highest-secret secrets in a storage room and former president’s office left unprotected for nearly two years, but the Justice Department refused. It has argued that criminal investigation and national security review are inextricably linked.

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Trump’s lawyers also argued in their filing on Tuesday that Trump has a right under the President’s Records Act to access the documents and that the government has not proved damages that resulted in the stay not being granted.

“Rather than detailing any irreparable harm going forward, it attempts to focus on past events, claiming that ‘the material was stored in an unsafe manner ….'” the filing states. “It’s simply irrelevant.”

The filing also argues that orders appointing a special master and requiring disclosure of classified records are not immediately appealable.

“The government has criminalized a document dispute and is now vigorously objecting to a transparent process that provides much-needed oversight,” the filing said.

The Justice Department has appealed against a decision by U.S. District Judge Ellen Cannon to appoint Raymond Deary as Special Master to review more than 11,000 records seized during a search of Trump’s property. . FBI.

Dearie has called the parties to Federal District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a preliminary conference on Tuesday and directed Trump’s team to provide information on which documents the former president intends to declassify. Trump’s legal team opposed the order in a filing Monday, saying it could form the basis of a future defense strategy.


Source: www.latimes.com

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