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Department of Justice squares off against Donald Trump’s team over FBI search at Mar-a-Lago

The Department of Justice has until tomorrow to present a “more detailed list” of items that were seized from former president Donald Trump’s club resort and residence, Mar-a-Lago, when the FBI searched the premises earlier this month.

Federal judge Aileen Cannon, in south Florida, has given the DoJ a deadline to produce the details as well as an update on the Biden administration’s review of the boxes of documents and other materials that were taken in that event on 8 August.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into the wrongful taking of “highly classified” government documents by Trump or his team and kept at Mar-a-Lago in exclusive Palm Beach after the Republican then-president’s single term ended on 20 January 2021.

View of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private resort club and residence, where he has primarily lived since leaving office and where he spent a lot of time during winters of his presidency, sometimes meeting world leaders there.
View of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private resort club and residence, where he has primarily lived since leaving office and where he spent a lot of time during winters of his presidency, sometimes meeting world leaders there. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

Meanwhile, Cannon will hold a hearing on Thursday in district court in West Palm Beach, south Florida, involving Trump’s request for the appointment of a so-called special master to conduct an independent review of what was seized in that FBI search.

Cannon appears inclined to approve such an appointment.

Last Friday, a redacted copy was released of the affidavit that underpinned the FBI’s application for the search warrant that preceded the search.

The search came following Trump’s handing over of multiple boxes from Mar-a-Lago prior to that visit by the FBI, which the DoJ revealed included hundreds of documents, including top secret material, some of which related to national defense.

In this photo illustration, pages are viewed from the government’s released version of the F.B.I. search warrant affidavit for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 27, 2022 in California.
In this photo illustration, pages are viewed from the government’s released version of the F.B.I. search warrant affidavit for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 27, 2022 in California. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Department of Justice has until tomorrow to present a “more detailed list” of items that were seized from former president Donald Trump’s club resort and residence, Mar-a-Lago, when the FBI searched the premises earlier this month.

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Federal judge Aileen Cannon, in south Florida, has given the DoJ a deadline to produce the details as well as an update on the Biden administration’s review of the boxes of documents and other materials that were taken in that event on 8 August.

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The search was part of a criminal investigation into the wrongful taking of “highly classified” government documents by Trump or his team and kept at Mar-a-Lago in exclusive Palm Beach after the Republican then-president’s single term ended on 20 January 2021.

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Meanwhile, Cannon will hold a hearing on Thursday in district court in West Palm Beach, south Florida, involving Trump’s request for the appointment of a so-called special master to conduct an independent review of what was seized in that FBI search.

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Cannon appears inclined to approve such an appointment.

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Last Friday, a redacted copy was released of the affidavit that underpinned the FBI’s application for the search warrant that preceded the search.

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The search came following Trump’s handing over of multiple boxes from Mar-a-Lago prior to that visit by the FBI, which the DoJ revealed included hundreds of documents, including top secret material, some of which related to national defense.

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Good morning, US politics blog readers, if we can tear you away from the touch-and-go Nasa rocket launch (where US vice-president Kamala Harris is due to speak later today) for a moment, it’s going to be another big week in US politics.

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  • The Department of Justice is under deadline to present a more detailed inventory of what was seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club resort and residence during the search by the FBI for hoarded government secrets on 8 August.

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  • And Trump’s legal team also has a deadline as they prepare for a hearing before a judge in Florida to explain why the former president believes a so-called special master is needed to supervise a review of that FBI search.

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  • Joe Biden will return from Delaware to the White House this morning, before readying for a trip to Pennsylvania to talk up gun control, after another weekend of deadly shootings in the US.

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  • Republican campaign spending is rocketing in states won by Joe Biden in 2020, ahead of the midterm elections and as Democrats are doing better to dig themselves out of the hole of grim prospects this November.

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  • Kamala Harris is at the Kennedy Space Center for thee planned Nasa moonshot rocket launch, you can follow our live coverage here. Why not toggle between that blog and this as the morning unfolds?

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Federal judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated by Donald Trump in late 2020, issued an order two days ago that set out the issues and timetable this week involving the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago.

To refresh, as the affidavit made public on Friday noted: “The government is conducting a criminal investigation concerning the improper removal and storage of classified information in unauthorized spaces, as well as the unlawful concealment or removal of government records.”

And as my colleague Hugo Lowell reported, the affidavit indicated that the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago earlier this month after speaking to a significant number of witnesses and finding probable cause that national defense information and evidence of obstruction existed at the former president’s property.

Judge Cannon’s order last Saturday came after Trump sued the government over the search and demanded that an overseer – or special master – be appointed to review what’s going on.

She noted her “preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case” and set this Thursday, 1 September, for a hearing on the case, at 1pm in federal court in West Palm Beach – just across the bridge over the lagoon that separates the millionaires’ and billionaires’ ocean-facing playground of Palm Beach from the more plebeian West Palm Beach

Cannon also asked the defendant in the case – the USA as manifested in the Department of Justice – to provide on or before Tuesday 30 August, “under seal”, a “more detailed receipt for property specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022” and a notice “indicating the status of Defendant’s review of the seized property, including any filter review conducted by the privilege review team and any dissemination of materials beyond the privilege review team.”

District Judge Aileen Cannon said it was her 'preliminary intent' to grant Donald Trump's request to appoint a special master to oversee a review of materials seized from his Florida home.

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Department of Justice squares off against Donald Trump’s team over FBI search at Mar-a-Lago

The Department of Justice has until tomorrow to present a “more detailed list” of items that were seized from former president Donald Trump’s club resort and residence, Mar-a-Lago, when the FBI searched the premises earlier this month.

Federal judge Aileen Cannon, in south Florida, has given the DoJ a deadline to produce the details as well as an update on the Biden administration’s review of the boxes of documents and other materials that were taken in that event on 8 August.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into the wrongful taking of “highly classified” government documents by Trump or his team and kept at Mar-a-Lago in exclusive Palm Beach after the Republican then-president’s single term ended on 20 January 2021.

View of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private resort club and residence, where he has primarily lived since leaving office and where he spent a lot of time during winters of his presidency, sometimes meeting world leaders there.
View of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private resort club and residence, where he has primarily lived since leaving office and where he spent a lot of time during winters of his presidency, sometimes meeting world leaders there. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

Meanwhile, Cannon will hold a hearing on Thursday in district court in West Palm Beach, south Florida, involving Trump’s request for the appointment of a so-called special master to conduct an independent review of what was seized in that FBI search.

Cannon appears inclined to approve such an appointment.

Last Friday, a redacted copy was released of the affidavit that underpinned the FBI’s application for the search warrant that preceded the search.

The search came following Trump’s handing over of multiple boxes from Mar-a-Lago prior to that visit by the FBI, which the DoJ revealed included hundreds of documents, including top secret material, some of which related to national defense.

In this photo illustration, pages are viewed from the government’s released version of the F.B.I. search warrant affidavit for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 27, 2022 in California.
In this photo illustration, pages are viewed from the government’s released version of the F.B.I. search warrant affidavit for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 27, 2022 in California. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

US DoJ squares off with Trump team over seized records

Good morning, US politics blog readers, if we can tear you away from the touch-and-go Nasa rocket launch (where US vice-president Kamala Harris is due to speak later today) for a moment, it’s going to be another big week in US politics.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • The Department of Justice is under deadline to present a more detailed inventory of what was seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club resort and residence during the search by the FBI for hoarded government secrets on 8 August.

  • And Trump’s legal team also has a deadline as they prepare for a hearing before a judge in Florida to explain why the former president believes a so-called special master is needed to supervise a review of that FBI search.

  • Joe Biden will return from Delaware to the White House this morning, before readying for a trip to Pennsylvania to talk up gun control, after another weekend of deadly shootings in the US.

  • Republican campaign spending is rocketing in states won by Joe Biden in 2020, ahead of the midterm elections and as Democrats are doing better to dig themselves out of the hole of grim prospects this November.

  • Kamala Harris is at the Kennedy Space Center for thee planned Nasa moonshot rocket launch, you can follow our live coverage here. Why not toggle between that blog and this as the morning unfolds?

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