Diary of Mar-a-Lago documents accidentally uploaded in court filing

  • Logs of Mar-a-Lago documents were accidentally published in court records on Tuesday.
  • They describe documents that Trump has claimed are protected by rules of privilege.
  • Trump is fighting the DOJ over documents seized in the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid.

Logs describing the contents of hundreds of documents seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort were published online in court filings on Tuesday in an apparent error.

Bloomberg first reported that the newspapers appeared Tuesday in a legal filing that was released as part of the ongoing legal battle over the documents between the former president and the Justice Department.

They were quickly removed, Bloomberg reported.

The logs, shared by Bloomberg, describe a trove of documents including government records and communications from outside parties, including handwritten notes from Trump in phone calls.

Others describe medical records and legal documents that Justice Department officials say should be excluded from the investigation.

The logs detail the documents that were seized when the FBI raided the Florida compound in August, acting on a search warrant.

The logs include information about discussions of presidential pardons, recordings of Trump’s various legal entanglements, and some notes about phone calls he has as president.

Dated August 30, the logs were compiled by a team of Justice Department officials – the “privileges review” team – whose job it was to sift through the 200,000 documents recovered by the FBI to establish whether some were protected by rules of privilege, or were the first. private archives of the president.

Of the 200,000 documents, he found that 520 deserved more attention, but only a small number of them fell into these categories.

At the time, the DOJ opposed Trump’s request for a special master, or independent official, appointed to review the documents, saying the privilege team had already disposed of material that needed to be returned. to Trump.

A federal judge, Aileen Cannon, sided with Trump and appointed Judge Raymond Dearie as a special master to review the material.

She also blocked the DOJ from reviewing the highly classified information it had recovered in the raid until Dearie had completed her review, although that decision was later overturned on appeal.

Trump has offered a shifting array of defenses in response to the DOJ’s investigation into his handling of government records after leaving office.

He claimed it was part of a political plot against him and that he had extensively declassified swathes of top secret documents before leaving office.

But his lawyers did not repeat those claims in court hearings, focusing on the narrower claim that many documents are protected by rules of privilege.

This claim appears to have been undermined by the release of the review team logs on Tuesday.


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