The former president claimed, without evidence, that the FBI may have planted the documents during last month’s Mar-a-Lago raid.
U.S. judge appointed documents seized Last month, from Donald Trump’s Florida home, Trump’s legal team was ordered to provide evidence to support Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that some of the files were planted by the FBI.
In a legal filing Thursday, Raymond Deary asked the Justice Department to certify a detailed inventory of documents seized during the FBI investigation by Monday. August 8 search Or Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
He will then provide Trump’s attorneys with a list of specific items that they believe were “not seized from the premises” during the search by Sept. 30, and submit corrections to the U.S. government’s property list. I asked.
“This submission belongs to the plaintiff. [Trump’s] This is the last opportunity to raise a factual dispute over the completeness and accuracy of the detailed inventory,” Dearie wrote.
Dearie is Appointed this month Acting as a neutral third party, known as a special master, to scrutinize documents seized during FBI searches looking for material subject to Executive Privilege or Attorney Client Privilege.
Trump-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon has agreed to a request from the former president’s team to freeze government review of the files until a special master is appointed.
The Justice Department is investigating the possible mishandling of classified Trump documents in an unprecedented criminal investigation into the former president.
of Search warrant for Mar-a-Lago Federal investigators said they were investigating possible violations of three different federal laws, including one governing the collection, transmission, or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act.
The unsealed property receipt also showed that the FBI had seized 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were marked “classified information” as well as top secret.
Trump’s legal team condemned the investigation as “misguided” and said U.S. law gives the president “special discretion” to label administration documents as presidential or personal documents.
The former president’s legal team Asked Whether the documents marked “confidential” recovered from Mar-a-Lago were indeed secret files, suggesting that Trump may have declassified them before leaving office.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump suggested the FBI may have planted the documents during the investigation.
“The problem you have is they walk into the room and no one can get to them. They didn’t even put them in the same building. They dropped something in those files.” Or did they do it later? There is no chain of custody with them here,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US Court of Appeals on Wednesday approved The Department of Justice’s request that the hold on Canon’s records review be lifted.
The ruling was a crushing victory for the government and paved the way for investigators to continue to scrutinize the documents as they consider whether to file criminal charges against Trump.