Jacqueline Thomsen, Sarah N. Lynch
[Reuters]- Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys have instructed a federal judge to file affidavits on whether they believe government property lists acquired from Trump’s Florida estate are accurate However, they are resisting this.
The former president’s legal team told Senior U.S. Judge Raymond Deary, who is reviewing documents obtained in a federal investigation into Florida property, that Deary had authority, according to a letter released by Trump’s attorneys on Wednesday. He said he didn’t believe he was. Request them to make such submissions.
The former president has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that the FBI planted the evidence.
Another federal judge appointed Dearie to conduct an external review of the materials, according to a Sept. 25 letter from Trump’s attorneys, only after the government filed a declaration regarding the accuracy of the inventory list. He said it was demanding and not Trump.
Trump’s attorneys also said they could not verify the accuracy of the asset list because they did not have access to classified information obtained during the raid.
Deary had ordered the former president to submit it by Oct. 7, which he has not yet challenged.
Deary’s order calls for Trump to list items that were seized but were not inventoried, items that were not seized but were incorrectly included on the list, and possible inventory errors regarding the location of seized items. I asked for
Trump’s attorneys also said in a letter filed in court Wednesday that the nearly 11,000 records seized by federal agents consisted of nearly 200,000 pages. and said that the ability to hire outside vendors who could allow litigation parties to see them was hampered by volume.
Dearie was appointed by U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon at Trump’s request and challenge from the Justice Department to review more than 11,000 records seized from Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8. I was. It may be subject to Attorney-Client Privileges or Executive Privileges claims, which are legal doctrines that can protect some of the White House communications from disclosure.
Cannon originally ordered Dearie to include about 100 documents marked as confidential in its review, but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision after the Department of Justice appealed.
The Court of Appeals also ruled that the Department of Justice can immediately resume using these classified records for ongoing criminal investigations.
Mr Trump resisted attempts to cut material from the review that he marked classified. Trump said in a recent Fox News interview that he had declassified everything, but his attorney has not made this claim in his official court filings.
Trump may appeal the 11th Circuit ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but has so far failed to do so.
(Reporting by Jacqueline Thomsen; Editing by Richard Pullin)