Trump Responds to Mar-a-Lago Justice Department’s Bombastic Court Request

Defiant Trump responds to Justice Department court filing in Mar-a-Lago – claiming his possession of ‘sensitive information’ should not have been ’cause for concern’ because he was president

  • The DOJ accused Donald Trump and his attorneys of “concealing and removing” classified documents to “obstruct” his investigation.
  • Trump responded to their bombing requests with his own 19-page response
  • It comes after several angry posts targeting the FBI that he made on Truth Social
  • US District Judge Aileen Cannon has scheduled a hearing in the case for Thursday

Donald Trump filed a formal response to the Justice Department’s explosive court filing on Tuesday just before his 8 p.m. Wednesday night deadline do this.

The ex-president’s legal team is hitting back at the DOJ’s arguments against appointing a special supervisor to oversee classified documents the FBI seized during an unannounced search earlier this month in Mar-a-Lago.

It comes the night before a major hearing in the case on Thursday.

Trump’s legal team suggests they are entitled to be represented at a review of the seized documents, arguing that the government’s review of privileged information is too one-sided.

Tuesday’s 36-page DOJ filing is a damning account of investigators’ attempts to recover classified documents Trump illegally took home after leaving the White House.

It accuses Trump and his attorneys of intentionally hiding records from investigators, claiming documents were “probably hidden and removed” to “obstruct” the investigation.

In his filing filed on Wednesday, Trump seeks to dismiss the real origins of the Justice Department’s investigation by arguing that his possession of “sensitive” documents shouldn’t have been a concern for the national archives – which first raised alarms in January about the handling of the ex- Presidents with secret documents triggered 2021.

“The alleged justification for opening this criminal investigation was the alleged discovery of sensitive information contained in the 15 boxes containing the President’s records,” the court filings read.

Donald Trump’s attorneys responded to the DOJ’s bomb court request Wednesday night

“But this ‘discovery’ was entirely to be expected given the nature of the President’s records. Simply put, the notion that the President’s records contain confidential information should never have been a cause for concern.’

Trump’s insistence that he has “declassified” all documents in his possession is one of several defenses he has floated publicly — which have at times contradicted one another.

In the filing, he also argues that his use of executive privilege “benefits primarily the United States” and should therefore be honored.

After US District Judge Aileen Cannon signaled her openness to granting Trump’s request for a third-party officer to review DOJ-seized documents, prosecutors filed a filing showing a so-called “Privilege Review Team” with much of the same work was busy.

They argue that given the highly classified nature of the documents seized, the appointment of a special master would be redundant and potentially jeopardize their investigations.

But Trump’s Wednesday court filing calls the Privilege Review Team “majorly flawed” and claims the DOJ presented too broad a picture of its search in Tuesday’s filing — despite the extraordinary details investigators delved into to reveal, that they even went into the person of the ex-president desks.

The Justice Department released a chilling legal filing Tuesday night that included a photo of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago. At right is a framed cover of Time magazine

The Justice Department released a chilling legal filing Tuesday night that included a photo of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago. At right is a framed cover of Time magazine

It also lashes out at the DOJ for not including Trump in the filtering process. The criticism appears to be another attempt by his legal team to gain more insight into the ongoing investigation.

“Left unchecked, the DOJ will contest, leak, and publicize select aspects of their investigation without recourse to [Trump] but somehow trusting in the self-control of currently untested investigators,” the filing said.

The former president made it clear on his Truth social app Wednesday that his biggest criticism was a photo accompanying the DOJ filing showing documents strewn across the floor of his Mar-a-Lago office.

Some of the documents have prominent red “TOP SECRET/SCI” markings – a very high level of classification.

SCI stands for Sensitive Compartmented Information, which indicates national security information.

“There seems to be confusion over the ‘image’ in which documents were sloppily tossed on the floor and then photographically released to the world as if the FBI found that when it broke into my home,” Trump wrote Wednesday night just hours before his new court record fell.

‘Not correct! They took them out of boxes and spread them out on the carpet so it looked like a big “find” to them. They dropped them, not me – Very deceptive…”

Trump’s Wednesday court filing criticized the photo as “gratuitous.”

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Andrew Kugle

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