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DOJ Already Reviewed Seized Mar-a-Lago Documents

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Palm Beach police unit sits in front of Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. | Image by Bloomberg

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already reviewed the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid earlier this month.

In a response filed on August 29 in response to President Donald Trump’s request to have a special master appointed to oversee the government review of items taken, the DOJ explained that “before the Court issued its Preliminary Order … [a team] completed its review of those materials.”


These reviewed documents include items that “potentially contain attorney-client privileged information.” The department is also conducting a “classification review” of the other materials alongside the Officer of the Director of National Intelligence.

This information from the DOJ came after District Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the government to respond to certain appeals in Trump’s motion and provide additional information concerning the status of the confiscated materials.

She further scheduled a hearing for the motion to appoint a special master on September 1 at 1 p.m. eastern time. Similarly, Cannon ordered the DOJ to submit under seal a “more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized,” which has been done.

The original property receipt, released in conjunction with the warrant, contained almost exclusively undetailed item names such as “Binder of Photos” and “Handwritten note,” as reported by The Dallas Express.

The former president had previously moved to have a third-party special master appointed to oversee the process to help promote fairness and transparency in the proceedings. Additionally, Trump’s legal team requested a more detailed property receipt than what was initially provided, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

This admission could render Trump’s request for a special master moot as the documents have already been reviewed, or it could more acutely illustrate the necessity of such a step. Before the DOJ’s response, Judge Cannon signaled her “preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case.”

Since the raid on August 8, public confidence in the FBI and DOJ has cratered significantly, as reported by The Dallas Express.

A study conducted by the Trafalgar Group and the Convention of States Action suggested that nearly 48% of independents believed that “the Department of Justice and the FBI are too political, corrupt, and not to be trusted.”

Meanwhile, nearly 49% of American voters said they believe the DOJ and FBI “are not telling the truth about their reasons for conducting the raid on President Donald Trump’s home.”

Recently, a heavily redacted copy of the affidavit allegedly justifying the raid was released after District Judge Bruce Reinhart instructed the DOJ to do so, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.

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stuart ashcraft
stuart ashcraft
28 days ago

I THINK THE FBI AND DOJ ARE TELLING THE TRUTH AND THAY GAVE TRUMP EVERY BITE OF TIME TO TURN THE PEPPERS IN AND WHAT EVER ELSE HE HADE IN HIS PERSAON AT THE TIME IT TIME TO STOP TIPE TOEING AROUD AND THRU THE BOOK AT HIME AND MAKE IT WEAR HE CAN NEVER RUN FOR OFFICE AGINE .

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  stuart ashcraft
28 days ago

My goodness. By the way that you spell, you’re obviously not an American. You obviously do not have the ability to read real research on your own and swallow all the lies from whatever foreign “news” that you watch. You have no clue what you’re talking about I hope that you are not allowed to vote. If you don’t like it here please feel free to go back to where you came from.

Last edited 28 days ago by caseyp
caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  stuart ashcraft
28 days ago

My goodness. By the way that you spell, you’re obviously not an American. You obviously do not have the ability to read real research on your own and believe all the lies from whatever foreign “news” that you watch. You have no clue what you’re talking about I hope that you are not allowed to vote. If you don’t like it here please feel free to go back to where you came from.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  caseyp
27 days ago

The next time you are pulled over by Law Enforcement, (unless you are a person of color) try this: When the officer ask you to step out the car, tell him or her you will as soon as you finish your cigarette. When they ask you a SECOND time, tell them you will as soon as you finish your coffee. When they ask you the THIRD time, tell them you will as soon as you hide whatever it is you don’t want them to see. And when they search your car and find what the illegal items they suspected you had, tell them it belongs to you and they can’t have it! See how well that works out for you!

Kyle Gotliebson
Kyle Gotliebson
Reply to  Janet
27 days ago

Janet, The only problem is they never asked. The DOJ/FBI/NARA has provided no evidence that Trump wasn’t 100% cooperative. Not one emailed request to Trump’s staff asking to return and pick up more records. Not one formal letter demanding the voluntary return of any Classified documents in Trump’s possession. So the next time you get pulled over by law enforcement and four officers rip you out of the car and face plant you on the pavement, handcuff you and haul you off to jail, you will know exactly how the DOJ is treating Trump (or anyone that supports him).

Michael Auchenbach
Michael Auchenbach
27 days ago

WHo trust the DOJ?

M stone
M stone
Reply to  Michael Auchenbach
27 days ago

Who trusts the FBI?

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Michael Auchenbach
26 days ago

I bet you did when Butt-Faced Barr was the AG and TOLD us what HE wanted us to know about the MUELLER report. Don’t you think it is suspicious Trump’s lawyers went searching for a judge HE appointed? I think he should be careful what he wishes for. Most judges follow the law, not a corrupt politician!