US judge unveils detailed inventory of items seized from Trump’s home

A U.S. judge on Friday released a detailed list of government documents and other items seized from former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida last month.

The eight-page inventory does not describe the subjects of the materials seized, but it does confirm the Justice Department’s claim that highly classified government documents were mixed with other items at the Trump residence, in apparent violation of federal law.

The FBI executed the Aug. 8 search of Trump’s property as part of a months-long investigation into how hundreds of classified government documents ended up there after Trump left in January 2021.

The Justice Department released a list of items taken by FBI agents during the search last month, but the former president then asked a federal judge to appoint an independent “special master” to review the documents and to order the publication of a more detailed inventory.

Federal Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida ordered the inventory report unsealed after hearing arguments Thursday from Trump’s attorneys and federal prosecutors on Trump’s request.

Federal prosecutors have opposed Trump’s request for a special master, saying a Justice Department special team has already conducted a review of the documents and identified “privileged” documents that may need to be returned to the court. ‘former president.

While ordering the release of the inventory, Cannon, however, postponed an immediate decision on Trump’s request for a special master, saying she will make a decision “in due course.”

In a review of the status of seized records, also unsealed on Friday, federal prosecutors wrote that the classified documents, numbering more than 100, have been separated from the rest of the items and “stored separately in accordance with proper procedures governing security. classified documents”. Material.”

In a footnote, prosecutors expressed apparent dissatisfaction with Cannon’s order to release the information.

The evidence seized from Trump’s property, they wrote, “contains the type of information that, in the normal course, would not be shared with the owner of a premises that was searched pursuant to a search warrant. search authorized by the court”.

“Without saying it directly, they are suggesting to the court that he made a mistake in having them file this under seal, because you generally would not get, as a subject in a criminal case, this type of information at this stage. “said an elder. said the federal prosecutor on condition of anonymity.

The inventory lists thousands of objects and documents without classification markings, as well as other objects, often kept alongside classified documents.

In a box from Trump’s office at Mar-a-Lago, 99 “magazines/newspapers/news articles and other media” from 2017-2018 were shuffled along with two confidential documents, 15 secret documents and seven top secret documents.

In another box seized from a storage room on the premises, 30 magazines, newspapers and press clippings were mixed with 11 confidential documents, 21 secret documents, three clothing/gift items, a book and 255 unclassified documents and photographs.