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DOJ Now Says Trump Owes Them MORE Documents

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With a lengthy legal battle already beginning to unfold, the tension between former President Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s DOJ is ratcheting up once again this week.

Trump, who has repeatedly suggested that all of the documents taken to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his presidency were already declassified, has elevated his fight to maintain those records all the way to the Supreme Court already.

Now, the DOJ is suggesting that there are even more documents that Trump has squirreled away somewhere, setting up an extended courtroom conflict for months to come.

A top Justice Department official told former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers in recent weeks that the department believed he had not returned all the documents he took when he left the White House, according to two people briefed on the matter.

The outreach from the official, Jay I. Bratt, who leads the department’s counterintelligence operations, is the most concrete indication yet that investigators remain skeptical that Mr. Trump has been fully cooperative in their efforts to recover documents the former president was supposed to have turned over to the National Archives at the end of his term.

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So, what’s next?

It is not clear what steps the Justice Department might take to retrieve any material it thinks Mr. Trump still holds.

And it is not known whether the Justice Department has gathered new evidence that Mr. Trump has held onto government material even after the court-authorized search in August of his private club and residence in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, and 18 months of previous efforts by the federal government to convince the former president to return what he had taken on leaving office.

Trump has sued to restrict the DOJ from examining the files until a “special master” has a chance to slim the contents of the tranche to only those items specifically germane to the FBI’s search warrant.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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