US court unseals other documents from FBI search of Trump’s home

US court unseals other documents from FBI search of Trump’s home
US court unseals other documents from FBI search of Trump’s home

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A federal court in West Palm Beach on Friday released more documents related to the FBI’s unprecedented August 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, after media reported requested that the documents be made public.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s unsealing came a day after hearing submissions from Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department’s two top counterintelligence prosecutors on whether she should appoint a master. to conduct a privileged review of documents seized at Trump’s request.

Cannon immediately postponed her decision on appointing a special master, but said she would agree to unseal two records the Justice Department had filed under seal.

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One of the files, released on Friday, provides a bit more detail about the 33 boxes and other items the FBI found inside Trump’s Mar-a-lago estate, as part of its ongoing criminal investigation. to find out if he illegally withheld national defense information and tried to obstruct the probe.

The other file that has not been sealed is a brief three-page Justice Department file advising the court of the status of its investigative team’s review of the seized documents.

That filing, dated Aug. 30, said investigators had “completed a preliminary review of seized materials” and separated all files with classification marks.

“The seized documents will continue to be used to advance the government’s investigation, and the investigation team will continue to use and assess the seized documents as it undertakes further stages of investigation. investigation, such as additional witness interviews and grand jury practice,” he says.

The Justice Department’s criminal investigation could be put on hold if Cannon agrees to appoint a special master to come in and conduct an independent third-party review of the seized records.

However, Cannon signaled during Thursday’s hearing that she may be willing to allow US intelligence officials to continue reviewing the documents as part of their national security damage assessment, even if a special master is named.

The Justice Department previously said in court papers that it had evidence that classified documents were deliberately withheld from the FBI when it attempted to retrieve them from Trump’s home in June.

The Justice Department also opposes the appointment of a special master, saying the documents in question do not belong to Trump and he cannot claim they are covered by executive privilege, a doctrine which can be used to protect certain presidential communications.

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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