Trump’s lawyers are recommending that the seized documents remain unclassified

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump filed court papers Monday challenging a judge’s order for a special master to review documents seized at Mar-a-Lago last month. may have the right to keep them in his possession.

“At its core is a document storage controversy that has spiraled out of control, with the 45th president seeking to abuse the government’s possession of his own presidential and personal records,” Trump’s attorneys wrote, arguing that the attorneys are trying. “It restricts any outside review of what it considers ‘classified records.’

U.S. District Court Judge Eileen M. The filing was made in response to a Justice Department request to Cannon. 8.

Federal prosecutors asked the judge to stay his earlier ruling that the FBI could not use more than 100 classified documents seized in the search until an outside legal expert could review them. The government asked Cannon to exempt the classified documents from review by outside experts known as special masters, saying requiring such a review would unnecessarily complicate national security issues in the high-profile case.

In the new filing, Trump’s attorneys disagreed, accusing prosecutors of overstating national-security concerns and “no indication that any ‘classified records’ were disclosed to anyone.”

In the months leading up to the Aug. 8 FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, the National Archives and Records Administration and the Justice Department sought to turn over all White House and presidential documents in Trump’s possession. .

In May, the government subpoenaed Trump, asking him for all the more classified documents. His lawyers responded to the government that all had been returned. But last month’s search yielded results An additional 27 boxes containing a mixture of individual items and classified and unclassified government goods.

This is a growing story. It will be updated.

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