Special master in Trump case would harm national security

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The filing came in response to Trump’s request on Aug. 22 — two weeks after the Mar-a-Lago search — for a special master to review the documents seized from his Florida estate.

Justice said the appointment of a special captain would hinder the government’s criminal investigation.

Such an assessment of classified documents “would prevent the intelligence community from conducting its ongoing assessment of the national security risk that improper storage of these highly sensitive materials may have caused, and identifying measures to repair or mitigate any damage caused by improper storage.” limit,” the report said. Document from the Ministry of Justice states.

The Justice Department said it could not trust information that came out of Trump’s orbit prior to the Florida search and that a representative of the former president falsely claimed that classified documents had been turned over to the government. The fact that so many documents were found casts “serious doubt” on the Trump team’s claim that documents were “searched diligently” in response to the grand jury subpoena in May.

“That the FBI has recovered twice as many documents with classification markings in hours as the ‘diligent search’ that counsel for the former president and other representatives had for weeks to seriously question the statements in the June 3 certification and raises doubts.” arise about the degree of cooperation in this case,” the Ministry of Justice said in the file.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, indicated over the weekend that she was inclined to grant the former president’s request and appoint a third party to review the documents to ensure they contain no information. which is protected by the privilege of lawyer and client. The Justice Department has said a government filtering team separate from the investigation had already identified “a limited set of materials” that may contain privileged information.

In Tuesday night’s filing, the Justice Department argued that a special master’s degree is not necessary because the government’s assessment teams have already completed their work. “It would do little or nothing to protect Plaintiff’s legitimate interests while hindering the government’s ongoing criminal investigation,” the filing said.

The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 after extensive discussions with officials at the National Archives and the Department of Justice over nearly 18 months.

A redacted copy of the affidavit setting out the likely cause for the search revealed that the National Archives referred the matter to the FBI after it found “many secret records” in 15 boxes Trump gave to the National Archives earlier this year. transferred. A subsequent FBI investigation of the boxes in May showed that 14 of the 15 boxes contained documents with classification markings. A total of 184 unique documents with classification markings were found, including 25 marked “TOP SECRET”.

The FBI was authorized to seize all documents with classified markings, the containers in which the classified documents were found, any government or presidential documents created during Trump’s term, and any “evidence of knowledge of alteration, destruction or Government concealment and/or Presidential Records, or documents with classification markings.”

What you need to know about the criminal investigation of classified documents in Mar-a-Lago

In Tuesday night’s filing, the Justice Department said more than 100 unique classified documents have been seized from Mar-a-Lago this month.

“Three classified documents that were not in boxes, but in the desks in the ’45 Office’, were also seized,” the Justice Department wrote.

The DOJ took the dramatic step of seeking a search warrant after obtaining evidence that classified information was left in Mar-a-Lago, despite Trump’s team’s assurances that all classified documents had been turned over pursuant to a subpoena. the May 11 grand jury, the Justice Department said. Tuesday declaration.

“The government has also developed evidence that government documents were likely hidden and removed from storage and that attempts were likely made to obstruct the government’s investigation,” the DOJ file said.

Documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago included Roger Stone’s leniency papers, information about the President of France, and a wealth of confidential and classified documents, along with presidential files. FBI agents seized 26 boxes, as well as a leather-bound box of documents with top secret/sensitive compartments, according to the property receipt of recovered items filed earlier.

The Justice Department also argued in Tuesday’s filing that Trump has no influence over presidential records, “because those records are not his.” According to the Presidential Records Act, the records belong to the United States, the petitioners argue.

Should the judge appoint a special captain, the Justice Department sought to limit the duties to attorney and client’s nondisclosure claims among materials already identified by the government’s review. It called for final decisions on disputed materials by September 30.

In a separate filing Tuesday, several former federal prosecutors who served during Republican administrations — Donald B. Ayer, Gregory A. Brower, John J. Farmer Jr., Stuart M. Gerson, Peter D. Keisler, William F. Weld and Christine Todd Whitman – wrote that “regardless of one’s political views, it is clear that there is no legal backing for the assistance requested by the former president.”

Daniel Barnes, Phil Helsel and Tom Winter contributed.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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