DOJ pushes back on Trump’s claim that FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago, as he comes under pressure to provide evidence
The Justice Department rejected Donald Trump’s claim that the FBI filed evidence during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and challenged the former president to provide evidence to the support.
In legal documents on Monday, the DOJ submitted a list of all items recovered by the FBI during the search, which contains slight changes from an earlier inventory and an agent’s affidavit that everything was recovered. when searching.
The DOJ had just one day to complete the previous list submitted in August, and the new inventory filters out some items that might be protected under privilege rules, shielding certain communications from the president.
The affidavit says the list is a “complete and accurate” description of the items found in warehouses and private rooms at Trump’s Palm Beach resort.
“I am not aware of any document or material seized from the Premises on this date by theFBIthat are not reflected in the revised detailed inventory of properties other than documents that the lien review team did not provide to the case team,” the affidavit reads.
Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master appointed by a federal judge to review the seized documents, had asked the DOJ to provide an inventory of items recovered from Mar-a-Lago and gave Trump’s legal team a deadline of Friday. to provide evidence showing which items were not kept at the luxury country club.
“The plaintiff will be required to participate in the process by categorizing documents and providing affidavits as provided for in the amended case management plan,” DOJ attorneys write.
Trump’s lawyers went to court to seek the appointment of a special counsel in the case, which delayed the FBI’s investigation. But some legal experts said the move appeared to have backfired, with Dearie exposing flaws and inconsistencies in the defenses mounted by Trump and his lawyers.