The lawyers of former United States President Donald Trump (2017-2021) have indicated this Wednesday before the judge handling the case that the classified documents found in his mansion in Mar-a-Lago (Florida, USA) they were in a safe place.
In a brief presented before the magistrate, the lawyers have indicated that was something “expected” that among the presidential documents that Trump took from the White House had classified material precisely because of the nature of the position he held.
Judge Aileen Cannon summoned Trump’s lawyers and the US Department of Justice to a hearing in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. to deal with the demand made by the former president for an independent expert supervise the case originated by the search carried out by the FBI in his Floridian mansion in search of official documents.
Trump has also requested a more detailed receipt of what was seized and the return of what was not included in the court order who authorized the registration.
The judge, ready to appoint an expert to supervise the registry
Judge Cannon has been willing to appoint an expert to oversee the Mar-a-Largo registryTrump’s mansion and private club in Palm Beach, where he has his legal address, but before making a decision he will listen to the parties.
The hearing in the federal courts of West Palm Beach will take place two days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) communicated to the judge the possible commission of a crime of “obstruction” for handling classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
According to the DOJ, some of the documents found in a search carried out on August 8 were “probably hidden and taken out” of a deposit.
The US government had repeatedly required Trump to ask if he had taken from the White House classified documents deliveredbut the environment of the former president responded evasively.
On record, FBI agents found more than 100 classified documents that Trump had not turned over to the authorities despite the requests.
The more than 50-page document (including exhibits) presented by the DOJ to Judge Cannon on Tuesday night provides a timeline of the handling of material later seized since Trump he left the White House in January 2021.
According to the letter, the storage of these documents is not protected by the figure of the Executive Privilege that would correspond to him as president, but should have been stored, as required by law, in the National Archives.