The court allowed a third-party examination of some of the documents seized by the FBI during a search at the estate of former US President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago. On Monday, September 5, reports NBC News.
“The court ruling said that personal belongings, documents and materials that could potentially constitute a lawyer’s secret would be subject to an examination. In addition, some of the documents will be checked for information protected by Trump’s rights as a former president – executive secrecy.
Earlier, at the end of August, the TV channel reported that Florida federal judge Eileen Cannon was inclined to appoint a special expert to check some of the seized documents. The former head of state himself insisted on the appointment of a specialist. At the same time, it was noted that the check would not affect classified materials, but only documents that could be protected by attorney-client privilege.
On August 8, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided Trump’s estate amid a Justice Department investigation that the ex-president stole official presidential papers from the Palm Beach estate. Trump said the estate was “under siege, defeated and occupied.”
In total, as The New York Times reported on August 22, about 300 secret documents were found during the investigation.
The former head of the White House himself, speaking to supporters in Pennsylvania on September 3, called the FBI searches at his residence a mockery of American laws and a mockery of justice. He also noted that the purpose of such searches is to search for compromising evidence against him.
In addition, according to Trump, the accusations are unfounded, since, as president, he had the right to declassify all papers in his possession, with the exception of materials related to the nuclear sphere. At the same time, he stated that documents on nuclear weapons were not mentioned in the original version of the warrant, and the search warrant itself was heavily edited.