On Monday, former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Entered a file push back U.S. District Judge Raymond Deere asked the former president to clarify his actions over material seized during declassification His residence at Mar-a-Lago.
The record is as followsServe as an independent arbitrator or special director reviewing documents retrieved by the FBI during searches.
Trump’s lawyers cited a draft plan from Derie that would require the plaintiff, Trump, to “disclose specific information about the declassification to the court and the government.” Dearie has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
In documents filed Monday night, lawyers for the former president said they may not comply, arguing that any statement about the declassification of the documents could be used as a defense against any future criminal charges.
“Otherwise, the special masters procedure would compel plaintiffs to fully and specifically disclose their defenses on the merits of any subsequent prosecution, a requirement not evident in the district court’s order,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.
according to aOn September 2, federal law enforcement seized 33 items, boxes or containers while executing a search warrant on August 8.The FBI previously released a list of seized items that included Some of these categories marked “top secret” ranked highest.
The “Top Secret” designation is reserved for unauthorized disclosure of material that could cause “unusually serious damage” to national security, according to federal regulations governing classification.
The name “SCI” is an acronym for “Sensitive Compartmented Information” and refers to confidential information involving sensitive intelligence sources, methods, or analytical processes. Any information bearing this designation may only be discussed in “SCIF” – “Sensitive Compartment Information Facility” – a secure room or building restricted to government officials with appropriate security clearances.
After news of the FBI raid first emerged, the former president claimed in a post on Truth Social that the material was “all declassified.” But in the weeks that followed, Trump’s legal team did not explicitly reiterate that the former president had taken steps to declassify any material from court motions and hearings.
While the President of the United States does have full declassification capabilities, procedures are in place to declassify documents, which involve written documents and consultations with relevant government agencies. It is unclear whether Trump has officially declassified any material transferred from the White House to his South Florida home.
For its part, the Justice Department has come up with a list of topics that prosecutors want to discuss in their first meeting with the special director on Tuesday. Among them, government lawyers have urged Dearie to hire a third-party vendor to scan documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago to simplify the document review process.
As Special Director, Dearie is tasked with reviewing more than 11,000 documents seized by federal law enforcement to determine whether any material retrieved during a search is protected by attorney-client and/or executive privilege.
Federal prosecutors have previously argued that appointing a special director would delay a criminal investigation into the handling of sensitive Mar-a-Lago documents. Lawyers for the Justice Department argue that, given the nature of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago, any suspension of their criminal investigation could harm U.S. national security.
Melissa Quinn, Olivia Gazis, Andres Triay and Scott MacFarlane contributed to this report.