As Donald Trump’s legal team continues to tussle with the Department of Justice in the case of documents that the former President was storing at Mar-a-Lago, the Special Master in the case doesn’t appear to be thrilled with his legal team.
The Special Master, Judge Raymond Drearie, was deemed worthy of the task of overseeing the DOJ’s review of the materials by both Trump and the Justice Department, has begun the task of determining what of those materials is relevant to the FBI’s search warrant as written.
But a declaration by Donald Trump that all the materials were declassified before leaving Washington DC has not sa well with the Judge, and Trump’s lawyers are playing a little hardball over it.
Judge Raymond Dearie pushed Trump’s lawyers repeatedly for refusing to back up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it,” said Dearie, the “special master” picked by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to vet Trump’s effort to reclaim the materials taken by federal investigators.Trending:
Trump has argued that the 11,000 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were rightfully in his possession, including about 100 bearing classification markings that suggest they contain some of the nation’s most closely guarded intelligence.
The Special Master doesn’t yet appear convinced.
But Dearie bristled at the effort by Trump’s lawyers to resist his request for proof that Trump actually attempted to declassify any of the 100 documents that the Justice Department recovered from his estate. Without evidence from Trump, Dearie said his only basis to judge the classification level of the records was the fact that they all bear markings designating them as highly sensitive national security secrets — including some that indicate they contain intelligence derived from human sources and foreign intercepts.
The trouble comes after Trump’s own lawyers began to litigiously admit that the former President could be facing an actual indictment, despite the lack of any charges having been issued of yet.