NEW photos show documents seized in the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as the Department of Justice reveals a “timeline” before the FBI search.
The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of the classified documents at Trump’s Florida estate.
A photo released as part of a DOJ filing shows heavily redacted documents seized during the August 8 raid at Mar-a-LagoAP
The DOJ claims it uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of the classified documents at the estateReuters
Trump’s legal team called for the appointment of a special master to review the records that were taken during the raidAP
The response was made in a court filing on Tuesday night that laid out a detailed timeline of the interactions between DOJ officials and Trump’s representatives over the documents at Mar-a-Lago.
Heavily redacted photos of the documents seized during the August 8 raid were contained in the court filings.
The DOJ claimed that Trump’s lawyers told them in June that all the records that came from the White House were stored in the Mar-a-Lago storage room and that “there were no other records stored in any private office space or other location at the Premises and that all available boxes were searched.”
However, in their search, agents said they found classified documents in other locations, such as Trump’s office – including three classified documents not found in boxes.
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The DOJ’s filing also included a photo showing the cover pages of classified documents with some marked as “TOP SECRET/SCI”, alongside a box filled with framed pictures and a Time Magazine cover.
Trump’s lawyers filed a motion for “Judicial Oversight and Additional Relief” on August 22.
“In his motion Plaintiff [Trump] requested, among other things, that the Court appoint a special master and that the government return to Plaintiff certain property,” read court documents.
On Monday, the department said it already completed its review of potentially privileged documents and found a “limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information.”
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Trump raged on social media as his estate was raided, claiming that he was “under siege.”
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before,” Trump said in his official statement.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
He called the raid a “weaponization of the justice system” and blamed “radical left Democrats” who don’t want him to run for president in 2024.
“I will continue to fight for the Great American People!” the former president wrote.