Dearie gives Trump last chance to challenge FBI inventory

The special master examining documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Thursday gave Trump a “final opportunity” to challenge an inventory of records taken by the FBI.

Judge Raymond Dearie said Trump had until September 30 to clarify his claims that documents may have been filed.

Dearie is the semi-retired federal court judge in Brooklyn who is considering whether the government is entitled to various records taken by the FBI during an Aug. 8 raid on his resort town of Mar-a-Lago.

Dearie wrote that the deadline will be Trump’s “last opportunity to raise any factual disputes as to the completeness and accuracy of the detailed property inventory.”

Trump has not released evidence to support his insinuations that some recordings may have been planted.

The FBI’s inventory of documents is vague, however, which can complicate any attempt to pinpoint what may have been planted.

Former President Donald Trump thinks the records may have been planted.
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The FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on August 8, 2022.
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Sweetheart the command asks a “list of all specific items contained in the Detailed Property Inventory which [Trump] claims were not seized from the premises on August 8, 2022.”

Trump has repeatedly suggested that the FBI planted evidence during the raid to retrieve presidential records as part of a dispute between Trump and the National Archives.

“Did they drop something in those piles, or did they do it later?” Trump reflected on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

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Judge Raymond Dearie said Trump had until September 30 to clarify his claims that documents may have been filed.
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This could be the “last chance for Trump to raise any factual disputes about the completeness and accuracy of the detailed property inventory.”
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Two days after the search, which the FBI said recovered about 100 classified documents, Trump suggested some recordings might be fake.

“They wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting’. Why did they STRONGLY insist that nobody watch them, everyone outside? Trump wrote.

Trump then cited FBI misconduct in the investigation of whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Russia.

“They leak, lie, plant false evidence, allow spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA court, attack and rob my house, lose documents, then they demand me, as the 45th President of the United States , to trust them,” Trump wrote in a social media post this month. “Look at the IG reports on Comey, McCabe and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park!