According to the New York Post, the Justice Department (DOJ) is striking back against allegations that it is, as Sen. Grassley (R-IA) alleged, “institutionally corrupted to their very core.”
The DOJ released a filing noting that classified government records were “likely concealed” at former President Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago in a “potential effort to obstruct its federal probe,” according to the New York Post.
The late Tuesday night court filing notes that federal investigators are probing to determine whether or not Trump “intentionally misled them” regarding possessing classified documents.
The DOJ filing notes that in June Trump representatives claimed that “all White House records at Mar-a-Lago were contained in a storage room on the property.”
The filing charge that Trump’s lawyers lied when they stipulated “there were no other records stored in any private office space or other location at the Premises and that all available boxes were searched.”
The DOJ is justifying its decision to search Trump’s home based on his attorney’s reportedly providing false information to FBI officials.
Reportedly, during the search, FBI agents found classified documents in several desk drawers in Trump’s home office.
The DOJ filing claims that “government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room … to obstruct the government’s investigation.”
The DOJ filing also includes a photograph of documents labeled “TOP SECRET.” The document shows redacted pages “splayed out on a carpet,” according to the Post.
Trump asserts there were no classified documents on the premises and that FBI agents ordered security cameras to be turned off and threw papers about his office, and now he requests the appointment of a special master to review the case.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will hear arguments and rule on Trump’s request in the near future. Last Saturday, she said it was her “preliminary intent” to authorize Trump’s request.
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