According to the Justice Department, Mar-a-sensitive Lago’s materials were likely “concealed and removed” to thwart an inquiry.

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The Justice Department claimed in a landmark court filing on Tuesday night that US government documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a storage space at Mar-a-Lago in an effort to “obstruct” the FBI’s inquiry into the alleged improper handling of classified information by former President Donald Trump.

The Justice Department reported that more than 320 classified documents,

including more than 100 from the FBI search earlier this month, have now been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department’s brief on Tuesday offers its clearest argument to date that Trump withheld classified material,

He was holding at Mar-a-Lago in an effort to hinder the FBI’s inquiry into possible classified material handling irregularities.

The shocking new information was made public by the Justice Department as part of its effort to counter Trump’s attempts to become involved in the federal investigation that resulted in the search of his Florida club and his request for the appointment of a “special master” to the case.

The Justice Department said that Trump’s recent court papers about the Mar-a-Lago search had promoted a “incomplete and incorrect narrative.”

According to the prosecution, “the government presents below a full recital of the pertinent facts, many of which are offered to rectify the inadequate and incorrect narrative set out in Plaintiff’s papers.”

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It outlines precisely how Trump had neglected to return hundreds of secret documents even after his lawyer verified that he had delivered all classified material in his possession, providing a resounding refutation of the complaints of the FBI’s historic search of a former President’s house.

How sensitive the information Trump had collected was highlighted by a photo on the last page of the file showing classified documents stacked up on the floor of Trump’s office and marked with designations like “HCS,” or human confidential sources.

The question is whether Trump complied with a May grand jury subpoena ordering him to turn over secret records from Mar-a-Lago.

In an effort to comply with the subpoena, the prosecution stated on Tuesday that certain papers were probably taken from a storage room before Trump’s attorneys looked around.

The timeframe is crucial because, in a subsequent statement to investigators, Trump’s attorneys claimed that they had inspected the storage space and had found all of the classified materials.

Additionally, according to prosecutors, “the government obtained evidence that government papers were likely disguised and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were probably made to hinder the government’s investigation.” This included proof that boxes that had previously been in the storage room had not been brought back before counsel had reviewed them.

The Department of Justice contends that since presidential records are regarded as government property,

the former president lacks standing to request them “since such documents do not belong to him.”

According to the DOJ submission, the Presidential Records Act clearly specifies that “[t]he United States” has “full ownership, custody, and control of them.”

Trump has contended that some of the records that were taken earlier this month include information that is

protected by privilege, including executive privilege, and that his constitutional rights have been infringed.

Judge Aileen Cannon, who has previously said she is likely to accept Trump’s request for third party scrutiny of

materials the FBI confiscated Mar-a-Lago, ordered the Justice Department to file the petition.

A special master’s job is to screen any items found during a search that shouldn’t be in the hands of investigators due

to a privilege. Special masters have previously been employed in high-profile cases, but often when the FBI has

searched an attorney’s office or home and it is necessary to exclude evidence pertaining to the attorney-client

privilege. The focus of Trump’s request has been the requirement to shield materials involving executive privilege

from his actions as president.

Legal experts have expressed concern about Cannon’s indications that she is considering appointing a special master

in the Mar-a-Lago search. Cannon is a Trump appointment. One is that Trump risked the possibility that the Justice

Department had already completed the majority of its review when he submitted his request for the appointment

two weeks after the search of his Florida home. Second, since the search warrant is emerging in a criminal context,

both Trump and the judge have cited civil norms regarding special master appointments.

Since the search on August 8, some previously confidential court files the DOJ produced to get

the warrant have been largely made public, thanks in part to a request for openness made in court by various media

outlets, including CNN.

Melania Trump, who is ‘annoyed,’ keeps quiet about the Mar-a-Lago search while promoting NFT business. The

search was related to a DOJ investigation into alleged breaches of the Espionage Act, illegal mismanagement of

federal records, and obstruction of justice, according to the redacted materials. In 15 boxes taken from Mar-a-Lago

by the National Archives in January, 184 documents were found to have classification markings, some of which were

identified as particularly sensitive government records, according to an FBI affidavit made public last week.

Trump has emphasised in court documents that he needs a special master and that the Presidential Records Act,

A legislation from the Watergate era that outlines the procedure for keeping presidential records, lacks criminal enforcement.

The three criminal provisions that the DOJ listed in its warrant forms were not mentioned by him.

Trump’s attorneys have also underlined his allegedly unrestricted authority to declassify papers while he was president,

despite the fact that the relevant statutes don’t require that the materials be classified.

Trump’s counsel restricted what the DOJ might examine during its visit in June.

Contrary to the Trump campaign’s claim of complete cooperation, a key Justice Department official claims that

federal investigators’ access to the resort during their visit in June was restricted.

After receiving a grand jury subpoena in May asking for any files marked classified, Trump’s attorney asked that the FBI pick up the documents at the resort, according to the Justice Department.

The DOJ’s explanation also disproved accusations made by Trump and his associates that the previous President had declassified the pertinent documents.

According to the petition, “neither counsel nor the custodian alleged while delivering the records that the previous

President had declassified the documents or raised any claim of executive privilege.” The production comprised a

single Redweld envelope that was double-wrapped in tape and contained the document, indicating that counsel

handled them in a way that suggested counsel believed the contents were classified. According to the DOJ, Trump’s

attorney claimed that Mar-a-storage Lago’s facility held all of the leftover papers from Trump’s administration.


The lawsuit stated that “Counsel also asserted that no more records were held in any private office space or other place at the Premises and that all readily available boxes were examined.”

Trump claimed that the visiting DOJ and FBI officials were then permitted to view the storage room,

and the prosecution corroborated this claim.

The former President’s counsel, however, “critically, explicitly prohibited government personnel from opening

or looking inside any of the boxes that remained in the storage room,

giving no opportunity for the government to confirm that no documents with classification markings remained,”

according to the DOJ. DOJ discloses the Mar-a-Lago search procedures taking place in Washington, D.C.

In announcing that grand jury subpoenas had been issued in its investigation, the Justice Department also made it known that secret hearings relating to the search were taking place in the federal courtroom in Washington, DC.

The DOJ stated in a footnote that it had been given permission by Chief Judge Beryl Howell in the DC District Court

to disclose those grand jury subpoenas in reference to a subpoena issued in May for “[a]ny and all documents or

writings in the custody or control of Donald J. Trump and/or the Office of Donald J. Trump bearing classification

markings [list of classification markings]”. The footnote states, “In his pleadings to this Court, the former President

disclosed this subpoena and a demand for camera footage at the Premises.” After then, on August 29, 2022, Chief

Judge Howell of the District of Columbia gave the government permission to reveal the grand jury subpoenas and

other information to this Court.



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