judge orders independent supervisor’s review of documents seized from Trump

Judge Aileen Cannon acceded to the request of the former American president by this decision which temporarily prohibits the investigators from examining the documents seized in the residence of Mar-a-Lago of Palm Beach.

An independent expert must be appointed to review the documents seized in early August by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Florida home, a judge in the United States ordered Monday, September 5, according to a court document made public.

Judge Aileen Cannon acceded to the request of the former American president by this decision which temporarily prohibits the investigators from examining the documents seized in the residence of Mar-a-Lago of Palm Beach.

Investigators can, however, continue to review the documents “for purposes of classification and national security assessments“, according to the decision of the federal magistrate. This represents a victory for the Republican and a serious setback for the Justice Department, which had opposed the appointment of an independent third party, saying it could block investigators’ access to the documents “and would seriously harm government interests, including national security“.

Appointed by Donald Trump himself in 2020, Judge Cannon writes in her decision that the appointment of the Independent Supervisor will be made “without delayasking the parties to come up with a list of potential names for a hearing scheduled for Friday. On August 8, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s residence in Florida, seizing boxes of confidential documents that the Republican had not returned after leaving the White House, despite multiple requests. Since this spectacular and unprecedented police operation for a former American head of state, Donald Trump has stormed against an act that he considers “illegal and unconstitutionaland repeats that he was targeted for political reasons.

Papers “Top secret»

In January, the former president’s teams handed over 15 boxes of documents he had taken when he left the White House to the national archives agency, responsible for recording presidential activities for history.

It was after examining these boxes that the FBI, convinced that Donald Trump was keeping other classified documents in Florida, under potentially inappropriate conditions, decided to search, seizing on this occasion around thirty other boxes of documents. “They took protected documentsby confidentiality between client and lawyer, Donald Trump said. Investigators suspect the Republican of having violated an American law on espionage which very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assured that these documents had been declassified.

Among the texts seized during the police operation, there are 18 documents classified as “top secret“, 53 “secrets» and 31 «confidential“. Among them, papers that were recovered from Donald Trump’s personal office. Officers also found several dozen empty folders marked “classifiedin the office, which may suggest that sensitive documents may have been lost or destroyed.

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