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DOJ Pressures Federal Judge to Force Trump to ID Mar-a-Lago Docs

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The Justice Department has been engaged in a rather unprecedented investigation of Donald Trump over the course of the last several months, but they don’t appear to have gotten terribly far with it.

Trump stands accused of relocating “classified” documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as he was exiting the White House.  Trump, for what it’s worth, has claimed that these documents were all declassified by him, personally, before they left DC.  His lawyers haven’t yet employed that argument in court.

But now, with the DOJ still fishing for a way to charge Trump in the case, they’re now demanding that a federal judge put the former President on the spot.

The Justice Department urged a federal judge to force former President Donald Trump to confirm whether the FBI’s list of classified materials and other documents seized in the raid of his South Florida home is correct before an independent arbitrator decides whether any of the materials should be off-limits to federal prosecutors.

In a 20-page legal filing unsealed Monday, the Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon to compel Mr. Trump to file an affidavit detailing the materials seized during the FBI’s August raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

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The DOJ is testing Trump’s claims of “planted evidence”.

Lawyers for the government said the affidavit is critical to push back against unsupported claims by Mr. Trump that agents may have planted some of the documents with “classified” and “top secret” while they were searching his Palm Beach, Florida residence.

Of course, some will see the move as an attempt to catch Trump in some sort of perjury trap, as the lengthy probe by the DOJ has thus far been unable to produce an indictment of Trump.  And, with the former President possibly announcing his 2024 reelection campaign this week, any forthcoming charges against Trump will now carry the scent of political bias with them.

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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.