former president’s attorney donald trump On Wednesday, it again asked a federal judge to appoint a “special master” to investigate documents seized from Trump’s Florida home by the FBI.
A limited and focused complaint was filed in the United States District Court of West Palm Beach. The day after the Department of Justice claimed Appointing a special master could undermine the government’s national security interests.
The Justice Department filing also said of the records sent to the Mara-a-Lago residence after Trump’s term ended that “efforts were likely made to thwart government investigations.”
The DOJ has revealed that the FBI seized more than 100 classified documents from the Palm Beach Resort during a raid on the premises earlier this month. Officials also shared a redacted FBI photo showing classified-marked documents recovered from a container in Trump’s “45 Office.”
In a reply Wednesday night, Trump’s legal team said the Justice Department was “twisting the framework for responding to Special Masters’ petitions to prevent any judicial review of any aspect of current or future unprecedented conduct in the United States.” It is twisted into a comprehensive opposition.” this investigation. “
The government’s “temporary document” states that “the Department of Justice, and only the Department of Justice, should be held accountable for assessing the former president’s ill-gotten pursuit of criminalizing the possession of personal and presidential records in a secure environment.” ‘, Trump’s attorney wrote.
They also accused the Justice Department of providing multiple “misleading or incomplete statements.”[s] It is said to be “fact,” but provided few details.
Trump’s nominee, Judge Eileen Cannon, will hold a hearing in a West Palm Beach court Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
Trump had sued to obstruct the Justice Department From further investigation of the material obtained in the Mar-a-Lago raid until a special master is able to analyze them. This action is usually taken when evidence may have to be withheld from prosecutors for various legal privileges.
DOJ told the judge on Monday: Examination of seized materials completedand law enforcement teams have identified a “limited set” of materials that may be protected by the attorney-client privilege. refers to the doctrine that protects
Trump’s attorneys responded Wednesday that a so-called privilege review team was “totally inadequate” in identifying all potential privilege documents and separating them from the rest of the seized material.
Trump and his office have publicly claimed to have declassified all documents seized by the FBI. But Trump’s legal team has made no such explicit allegations in the civil lawsuit against Cannon.
In a late Tuesday filing, the DOJ said that when 15 boxes were recovered from Mar-a-Lago by the National Archives in January, Trump “never claimed executive privilege over any of the documents. , never claimed to contain any of the documents in the box.” The classification indicator has been declassified. “
The government also said no allegations of declassification were made when FBI agents visited Mar-a-Lago on June 3.
DOJ issued the subpoena in May after the FBI produced evidence that dozens of boxes containing classified information were still in Trump’s residence, beyond the 15 boxes recovered in January. said to have obtained.
“In preparing the documents, neither the defense counsel nor the custodian claimed that the former president had declassified the documents, nor claimed executive privilege. A single Redweld envelope containing the documents, taped is double wrapped in ,” DOJ wrote.
At the same time, President Trump’s archivist filed an affidavit claiming that “all sorts of” documents corresponding to the grand jury subpoena were turned over, the Justice Department writes.
However, the FBI later “discovered multiple sources of evidence,” according to DOJ filings, indicating that more sensitive documents remained in Mar-a-Lago.
“The government also produced evidence that government records may have been covered up and removed from vaults and that efforts were likely made to thwart government investigations,” the Justice Department said. writing.
That and other information prompted the government to seek a warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, which was finally executed on 8 August.
In a reply Wednesday, Trump’s attorney wrote that the DOJ’s description of the June 3 meeting was “grossly misunderstood.”
“When the government provided the same false statements in affidavits supporting search warrants, they misled magistrates,” the former president’s attorney wrote.
Trump accused the Justice Department of being “extremely deceptive” Wednesday evening by sharing a photo on social media that appeared to show a number of classified documents strewn across a carpeted floor. did.
Trump said the FBI “took them out of the carton and spread them out on the carpet to make it look like a big ‘find’ to them.”
“They dropped them, not me – very deceived. I was told to wait outside,” Trump wrote.