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Special counsel in Mar-a-Lago case seems skeptical of Trump ‘declassification’ claims – NBC Chicago

The special master appointed to review documents seized by federal agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida appeared to doubt on Tuesday Trump’s claim that he had declassified the various top secret and other documents highly sensitive found there.

The special master, Senior U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, previously asked Trump’s attorneys for more information on which of more than 100 sensitive documents federal agents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate might have be declassified.

Trump’s attorneys had told the judge in a letter Monday evening that they did not want to release that information yet because it could force them to “prematurely disclose a defense on the merits of any subsequent indictment.”

Before declining to comment on the release of the Mar-a-Lago affidavit, President Joe Biden took a swipe at his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who claimed his stores of classified documents had in fact been declassified. “I just want you to know that I declassified everything in the world. I can do that, I’m president,” Biden joked. “Come on.”

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