Trump doesn’t have to attest to accuracy of FBI inventory list, Judge Cannon says

Judge Aileen Cannon ruled Thursday that former President Trump no longer had to submit an affidavit about the accuracy of the FBI’s inventory of items seized at Mar-a-Lago because the deadline for the make special master loomed.

Why is it important: Cannon sided with Trump’s legal team, which opposed special counsel Raymond Dearie’s request to back up his claims, at least until he had a chance to review the files. Trump claimed, without evidence, that the FBI planted evidence on the property during the August search.

Driving the news: In the same filing, Cannon, a Trump appointee who sits in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, also pushed back the deadline for the completion of the master’s special review of documents from Nov. 30 to December 16.

  • She ruled that Trump did not have to claim the kinds of executive privileges he wanted to assert on what documents on an ongoing basis, as Dearie had demanded.
  • Instead, he can wait and file “a full annotated copy” after the midterm elections, indicating whether each document should be covered by solicitor-client privilege, solicitor-client privilege, privilege executive or personal file.

How we got here: On Wednesday, Trump’s lawyers wrote to Cherie objecting to his request to know if they disputed the accuracy of the FBI document list.

The bottom line: Cannon’s most recent decision effectively reverses Dearie’s challenge to Trump to “shut up or shut up” regarding some of the public statements he has made.