The US Department of Justice announced that the documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida include amnesty requests, medical papers and documents related to the 2020 election.
According to CNN’s report, the Department has released some of the documents that Trump has requested “to be reviewed by an independent arbitrator or special judge.”
The list included communications records of Trump’s business connections, as well as a document on the former president’s resignation from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
While some of the documents seized at Trump’s estate, including 64 documents of 520 pages that were deemed to need to be kept confidential, were not disclosed, the classification of the list was made by the special investigation team.
Among the documents disclosed, the e-mail of a Republican lawyer regarding the lawsuit filed against the 2020 elections in the state of Georgia to the White House also drew attention.
On the other hand, there were also documents related to some cases and legal disputes among the documents, and the documents examined by the special team were sealed and presented to the court.
Confidential documents investigation about Trump
Former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida was searched by FBI agents on the morning of August 8th.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland, in his first statement 3 days after the raid, said that he had approved the search of Trump’s mansion, and announced that they had applied to the Florida District Court for the Department of Justice’s search warrant and the declassification of the confiscated materials for a clearer understanding of the incident after the public debate.
After Trump stated that he was not against sharing the search warrant with the public, the federal judge announced the search warrant and the list of seized materials to the public on August 12.
In the details of the “search warrant”, it was stated that FBI agents were investigating possible violations of three different federal laws under the Espionage Act, and 11 sets of documents stamped “top secret” were obtained in the raid.
Trump applied to the Florida Federal Court to request an “independent arbitrator or a special judge” review of the documents he claimed to have been taken from Mar-a-Lago due to “political enmity”. Raymond Dearie was commissioned.
Dearie was asked to review documents taken from Trump’s home by mid-December for “confidentiality violations”.
The Justice Department also appealed the Florida Federal Court’s decision by an “independent arbitrator or special judge” to temporarily prohibit the use of many of the documents seized in the process during the investigation process.
Trump also took the ongoing legal debate about the classified documents to the US Supreme Court yesterday, requesting that the documents in question be reviewed by an “independent arbitrator or special judge.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals has said it will expedite a request for “review by an independent arbitrator or special judge” of classified documents seized at Trump’s estate.