Judge asks Trump team for evidence that FBI documents in Mar-a-Lago . has posted

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A US judge reviewing files seized from Donald Trump’s Florida home on Thursday asked the former president’s lawyers to provide any evidence that casts doubt on the integrity of the documents. Trump has previously made unsubstantiated claims that the documents were planted by FBI agents.

Supreme Federal Judge Raymond Dearie, appointed by another judge to examine the documents to assess whether some should be withheld from investigators as privileged, also asked the Justice Department to certify by Monday a detailed ownership inventory of materials the FBI in seized in the August 8 court-approved search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Dearie asked Trump’s attorneys to submit a list of specific items in that inventory “that the plaintiff claims were not seized from the property” by Sept. 30. Dearie also asked them to submit any corrections to the government’s list before that date, including items they believe may have been seized at Mar-a-Lago, but not listed.

“This entry will [Trump’s] last chance to raise any actual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the detailed property inventory,” wrote Dearie, who was known as a special master as an independent arbitrator.

The search was conducted as part of a federal criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally kept White House documents and sought to obstruct an investigation when he left office in January 2021 after his failed 2020 reelection bid.

Trump called the investigation politically motivated. He also claimed, without providing evidence, both that he released all documents found at Mar-a-Lago and that the FBI posted documents.

At Trump’s request, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has appointed Dearie to examine the materials. The Justice Department has said more than 11,000 documents have been seized, including about 100 documents marked as classified.

A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Justice Department may resume reviewing those classified documents in its criminal investigation. The US Circuit’s 11th Court of Appeals in Atlanta has also barred Dearie from vetting those documents marked as classified.

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