The former president has claimed without evidence that the FBI may have found documents during a search at Mar-a-Lago last month.
A United States judge appointed to investigate documents confiscated from Donald Trump’s Florida home last month has ordered the former US president’s legal team to provide evidence to support Trump’s unfounded claims that some files were filed by the FBI. was installed by
In a legal filing Thursday, Raymond Deary asked the Justice Department by Monday to certify an exhaustive list of documents that were seized by the FBI during its Aug. 8 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.
He then asked Trump’s lawyers by September 30 to submit a list of specific items that he believed were “not confiscated from the premises”, as well as US government assets. To submit any corrections in the list.
“This submission will belong to the plaintiff” [Trumpâs] Last opportunity to raise any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the detailed property listing,” Dearie wrote.
Dearie was appointed this month to act as a neutral third party, known as a Special Master, who searches the FBI for any material covered by executive privilege or attorney-client privilege. Examines the documents seized during
Trump-appointed US District Judge Ellen Cannon had agreed to a request by the former president’s team to withhold government review of the files until a special master could be appointed.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump’s possible misuse of classified material in an unprecedented criminal investigation targeting a former president.
The search warrant for Mar-a-Lago states that federal agents were investigating possible violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs the collection, transmission or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act. .
An unsealed property receipt also revealed that the FBI had seized 11 classified documents, some of which were marked as not only top secret but “sensitive compartment information.”
Trump’s legal team has dismissed the investigation as “misguided”, saying US law gives presidents “extraordinary discretion” to label their administration’s documents as presidential or personal.
The former president’s legal team has also questioned whether documents marked “classified” recovered from Mar-a-Lago were in fact secret files, suggesting that Trump declassified them before leaving office. It is possible
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump suggested the FBI may have planted documents during the search.
âThe problem you have is that they go into the rooms, they don’t let anyone into them; They did not even allow them to live in the same building. Did he leave something in those files? Or did they do it later? There is no chain of custody with them here,â he said.
Meanwhile, a US appeals court on Wednesday approved a request to remove Cannon’s hold on a review of the Justice Department’s records.
The ruling amounted to a massive victory for the government, clearing the way for investigators to continue investigating documents as they consider whether to bring criminal charges against Trump.
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