Judge Unveils Detailed Inventory of Items Seized by FBI from Trump’s Estate | national news

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A federal judge on Friday released a more detailed list of documents the FBI took from former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida ahead of a much-anticipated ruling on whether or not to appoint a third party to review the documents.

The inventory list, provided by the Justice Department at the judge’s request a few days earlier as an extension of an earlier list, gives more details of the materials seized and confirms reports that personal items were mixed among documents marked as classified.

The document, marked “Exhibit A” details the contents of 33 items – boxes, containers or documents – taken from an office or storage room during the search, revealing that among the documents marked “secret”, “top secret” and “Confidential” markings were items including books, magazine and newspaper articles dated 2008-2020, “clothing items/gifts” and empty folders, some of which were marked with “classified” banners.

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Last week, in its first court filings since the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s team asked a federal judge to appoint a special master to review the seized documents. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon expressed ‘preliminary intent’ to grant the former president’s request for a special master last weekend and ordered the Justice Department to submit a response to the request of Trump and to file under seal a more detailed account of what was taken during the search. After hearing arguments from Trump’s team and the Justice Department on Thursday, the judge made the document public.

The move comes as the judge debates whether to appoint a special master to examine, appearing to signal she would do so at a hearing on Thursday, despite the Justice Department’s assertion in court documents earlier this week that the appointment of a third party would be “useless”. and “would significantly harm important government interests, including national security interests.”

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