Judge Raymond DearieThe special master who oversees the seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago, on Tuesday signaled to former President Donald Trump’s lawyers that if they don’t make the case that any of the documents have been declassified, he will determine that they are classified.
Out of court, Trump pushed the claim that he had declassified all the documents and that his lawyers raised that possibility in the court papers, though they never explicitly argued. that anything has been declassified.
Federal prosecutors have argued for weeks that documents seized from Mar-a-Lago that are marked as classified – such as “top secret” – should be treated as if they were classified.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Dearie essentially called Trump a hoax by pointing out that Trump’s lawyers have yet to provide any evidence of the declassification.
“If the government provides me with preliminary evidence that they are classified documents and you do not make any request for declassification, I will be left with a preliminary case of classified documents, and As far as I know, that’s Dearie said.
Trump’s attorney, Jim Trusty, said they were not authorized to fully disclose their defense or specifically address the declassification until they had viewed the documents.
Trump before the special attorney general after successfully suing for reconsideration.
His team recommended Dearie as a potential candidate for the job, and he was not opposed by the Justice Department.
Since Dearie joined the role, however, Trump’s team has raised some objections to how he planned to approach the review.
On Monday, Trump’s lawyers signaled in a letter to Dearie their objection to certain disclosures of any move to declassify the documents in question. The letter also suggested pushing back some of the temporary deadlines Dearie had proposed.
Dearie was tasked with reviewing 11,000 documents the FBI seized during a Mar-a-Lago raid last month.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who approved Trump’s request for the special master, also blocked the Justice Department from using seized documents in the criminal investigation while the special master did so. my job. The Justice Department is now asking the appeals court to partially halt Cannon’s order because it concerns about 100 classified documents the FBI obtained during the search.