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Trump objects to verifying list of property seized from Florida estate - court filing

World Sep 29, 2022 05:41AM ET
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By Jacqueline Thomsen and Sarah N. Lynch

(Reuters) - Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are resisting a federal judge's instruction to submit a sworn declaration on whether they believe the government's list of property taken from Trump's Florida estate is accurate.

According to a letter publicly filed by Trump's lawyers on Wednesday, the former president's legal team told Senior U.S. Judge Raymond Dearie, who is reviewing the materials taken in the federal raid of the Florida property, that they don't believe Dearie has the authority to require them to make such a filing.

The former president has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the FBI planted evidence.

The Trump lawyers' letter, dated Sept. 25, says the order by another federal judge appointing Dearie to conduct the outside review of the materials only requires that the government file a declaration on the accuracy of the inventory list, and not Trump.

Trump's lawyers also said they could not verify the accuracy of the property list because they do not currently have access to information taken in the raid that was marked as classified.

Dearie had ordered the former president to make the filing by Oct. 7. Dearie has not yet addressed the objection.

Dearie's order asked Trump to list any items that were seized, but not listed in the inventory, any items that were not seized and erroneously included on the list, as well as any possible errors in the inventory about the location of seized items.

Trump's attorneys also said in a letter filed in court Wednesday that the roughly 11,000 records seized by federal agents consist of almost 200,000 pages. They said the volume is hindering their ability to hire an outside vendor who can upload and host the documents so parties involved in the case can see them.

Dearie was appointed by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon at Trump's request, and over objections from the Justice Department, to review the more than 11,000 records seized from Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8. He is required to weed out any records that could be subject to claims of attorney-client privilege or executive privilege, a legal doctrine that can shield some White House communications from disclosure.

Initially Cannon ordered Dearie to include in his review about 100 documents marked as classified, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed this decision after the Justice Department appealed.

The appellate court also ruled that the Justice Department can immediately resume using those classified records for its ongoing criminal probe, after Cannon had barred them from doing so.

Trump had resisted efforts to carve out material with classified markings from the review. Trump said in a recent Fox News interview he had declassified it all, but his lawyers have not made this claim in official court filings.

Trump could still appeal the 11th Circuit's ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but thus far has not done so.

Trump objects to verifying list of property seized from Florida estate - court filing
 

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gab nea
gab nea Oct 06, 2022 7:45AM ET
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when I say trump is a thief, a liar , a grifter ,and insurrectionist. not one Republican deny this or defend him! they just say what about this or that! what duped servants!
gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 7:18AM ET
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it is no longer about whether trump is a criminal! it is now about the supporters of that criminal! shame on lawless americans! vote Republicans out!
gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 7:16AM ET
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it is no longer about whether trump is a criminal! it is now about the supporters of that criminal! shame on lawless americans! vote Republicans out!
Mad Money
Mad Money Sep 29, 2022 10:38PM ET
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Lock him up
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gab nea
gab nea Sep 29, 2022 10:38PM ET
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lock his criminal senior staff too, throw away the keys and please elect honest Republicans in the future, if any are left!
gab nea
gab nea Sep 29, 2022 10:38PM ET
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lock his criminal senior staff too, throw away the keys and please elect honest Republicans in the future, if any are left!
gab nea
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lock his criminal senior staff too, throw away the keys and please elect honest Republicans in the future, if any are left!
gab nea
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lock his criminal senior staff too, throw away the keys and please elect honest Republicans in the future, if any are left!
Cody Hawkins
Cody Hawkins Sep 29, 2022 10:38PM ET
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gab nea spam much?
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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FBI should have let his lawyers be present during the raid. this like the Democrats other 12 attempts goes no where. just a waste of taxpayer money and only helps Trump by showing obvious collusion
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lakes Tenn Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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ok brad, get back on the meds now. what has trump been convicted of?🤣🤣🤣 I'm sure the Democrats will spend millions of tax dollars and keep trying. it's truly pathetic. they must be really scared of losing to him, otherwise why keep attacking a former president?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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lakes Tenn You condone some pretty despicable behavior.
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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lakes Tenn, Trump is not "being attacked because he's the former president." He's being investigated (and soon to be indicted) for unlawful activity, just like anybody whose would be. It just seems to people like you that he's being attacked because of the sheer number of dispicable things he has done.
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Adrian White Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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[...like anybody *else would be.]
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 29, 2022 10:37AM ET
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"FBI should have let his lawyers be present during the raid"  -- you mean the same lawyers who sent FBI a letter specifically claiming Trump already returned all classified documents?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 29, 2022 10:19AM ET
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"Trump could still appeal the 11th Circuit's ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but thus far has not done so."  -- because he knows even the justices he appointed will rule against him
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Sep 29, 2022 10:00AM ET
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What a buffoon.
gab nea
gab nea Sep 29, 2022 6:34AM ET
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it is not in orange loser's nature to tell the truth, especially under oath!
Ric Later
riclater211 Sep 29, 2022 6:34AM ET
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surprise surprise. gab nea is still mad. lol.... so sad. no life
gab nea
gab nea Sep 29, 2022 6:33AM ET
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the orange sore loser has been lying all his life, now a judge is requiring him to tell a truth under oath, he is clearly unable to do it! it is not in his nature to be truthful!
 
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