Raymond Dearie, who is acting as a special master in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, demanded on Thursday that Donald Trump's lawyers prove that the FBI "planted" records.
A list of specific items in the Justice Department's 11-page inventory of documents taken from the Mar-a-Lago resort must be submitted by Sept. 30. The order states that they have to submit a list of the seized items.
The final opportunity to raise any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the Detailed Property Inventory will be given by this submission.
Several boxes of documents were seized from Trump's private club and residence. The boxes were stashed there by the former president. Anyone planting information? After records were taken away, Trump asked on his platform.
The question of how the FBI could have planted evidence at the same time as they searched Mar-a-Lago is being raised. Two lawyers for Trump were at Mar-a-Lago during the search, and one signed off on a list of boxes and documents that were removed.
The documents were not declassified by the former president before they were taken from the White House.
Only one person has publicly supported Trump's claim that he had issued a " standing order" to declassify everything. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump insisted that he didn't need to follow any process to declassify documents and had the power to do so.
Dearie ordered Trump's legal team to prove that he had declassified any of the files he took. Trump has not presented his position in any legal filing.
Lawyers don't want to make a declassification case before a trial If they don't assert records were declassified and the Justice Department shows they were, then it's over.
He said that you can't have your cake and eat it.
A special master was appointed to review about 11,000 pages of documents to see if they should be protected from scrutiny. The name of Dearie was submitted by Trump.
The Justice Department can resume reviewing the seized classified records after the 11th Circuit ruled that they can. Dearie wasn't allowed to vet the documents marked classified.
Cannon amended her order after she was criticized for her decision to protect the records. The material subject to a special master review no longer includes hundreds of documents.
The article was first published on HuffPost.