Justice Department says it found ‘limited set’ of potentially privileged documents in Trump search

Washington— A “limited set” of material taken by the FBI from its look for of former President Donald Trump’s South Florida residence may contain information covered by attorney-client privilege, the Justice Department revealed in a court filing on Monday.

Federal prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the deposit that a so-called privilege review team, which is reviewing some of the documents seized from the former president to identify those that may contain insider information, has found “a limited set of documents that potentially contain insider lawyer- customer”. The team has finished reviewing the documents, the filing says.

The team is also following procedures set out in an affidavit detailing the rationale for the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago this month to “address potential conflicts of privilege, if any,” Juan wrote. Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. Attorney in Miami; and Jay Bratt, the top counterintelligence official at the Justice Department.

The Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are also undertaking a classification review of documents recovered by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, they said.

“As the Director of National Intelligence advised Congress, the ODNI is also leading an intelligence community assessment of the potential national security risk that would result from the release of these documents,” Gonzalez and Bratt told the court. .

A federal magistrate judges on Friday unsealed a redacted version of the 38-page affidavit used to substantiate the search warrant executed by the FBI at the former president’s Florida home. The FBI said the National Archives and Records Administration determined that 15 boxes recovered from the property in January contained “highly classified documents intermingled with other documents.”

In the 15 boxes provided to the National Archives, 184 documents had classification marks, including 67 marked “confidential”, 92 marked as “secret” and 25 marked as “top secret”, the FBI said in its affidavit. Officers who conducted a preliminary examination of the boxes in mid-May also found that some of the documents were labeled “HCS,” or HUMINT Control System, which the affidavit says is “designed to protect information from intelligence from clandestine human sources”.

Trump has criticized the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago, claiming without evidence that it is a politically motivated attack by the Justice Department ahead of a possible 2024 presidential campaign.

Trump also claimed that some of the documents seized by the FBI were covered by attorney-client privilege and Canon asked last week to appoint a “special master” to review records seized at Mar-a-Lago. In a preliminary order issued On Saturday, Cannon said it was his “preliminary intention to appoint a special master” in response to Trump’s request, although his decision is not yet final.

She also set a Tuesday deadline for the Justice Department to provide a more detailed description of the property seized by the FBI from Trump’s Palm Beach residence.

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