The Justice Department on Monday filed a revised inventory of items seized from the Mar-a-Lago resort town of former President Donald Trump last month, along with a statement confirming the accuracy of the new list.
Senior U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie of New York, the court-appointed special counsel in the case, had ordered the Justice Department to file a statement of all unclassified material to Trump’s attorneys as part of of his review of documents seized by federal agents. August 8.
“In order to ensure that the detailed inventory of assets was accurate, FBI personnel and I working under my direction conducted an additional review and recount of seized materials in order to make this statement,” an agent said. special from the FBI who was present for the search. written in Monday’s file. “This additional review and recount has resulted in some minor revisions to the detailed property inventory.”
The few differences mainly relate to the amount of unclassified government documents and Trump’s collection of magazine and newspaper articles. A federal appeals court recently ordered that classified documents not be included in the master’s special examination.
The updated list adds 55 items to more than 11,000 government documents and photographs that the Justice Department says have been removed from Mar-a-Lago.
The special agent who filed the case suggested that the revisions were attributable to the extra time given to investigators to provide the final list; an earlier order for the initial inventory list had required that it “be completed in a single business day”.
Among the changes was a amended the entry for the last box taken from the Mar-a-Lago storage room where most of the seized materials were kept shows fewer empty classified files. While the original inventory listing noted two empty folders with “CLASSIFIED” banners in the box, a revised entry removes those folders. A total of 46 empty folders with classified markings are still listed for other boxes.
Other categories, including books, gifts and apparel, remained unchanged.
Trump’s legal team will have the opportunity to respond to the Justice Department’s latest filing in person at a status conference scheduled for next week, but its response in the form of a court filing is awaited. here, Friday.
Dearie last week ordered Trump’s team to submit a “declaration or affidavit” to support the former president’s public claims that some of the items removed from Mar-a-Lago were planted there. His attorneys can also note any items they say were seized but not listed in the inventory.
Kelly O’Donnell contributed.