- Florida federal judge releases more detailed list of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.
- U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon questions whether a special master should review the records.
A more detailed list of documents seized from Donald Trump’s estate in Florida was released Friday by the federal judge overseeing the former president’s trial seeking a special third-party master to review the records.
At least seven boxes of documents, photographs and other documents were taken from the office of the former president of Mar-a-Lago, which included at least 24 classified documents and a series of emptied files. Two of them were tagged with instructions to “return to military aid from the Secretary of Staff.”
Along with the classified documents, the list appears to show the chaotic nature in which thousands of documents were kept, including a box containing more than 70 empty folders, some of which contained classified documents.
The list describes 15 “secret” documents, seven “top secret” documents and 43 empty folders with “classified” banners from a box recovered from Trump’s office at Mar-a-Lago. Another secret document was found separately in “Office 45”.
FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 for Trump administration documents that may have provided evidence of Espionage Act violations or obstruction of justice. Trump has sued for a special master to review the documents, to potentially block the Justice Department from documents related to communications from his lawyers or administrative aides.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon released the list while deciding to appoint a special master and potentially limit the Justice Department’s access to the documents.
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The random nature of the storage was revealed in Box 10, recovered from the Mar-a-Lago storage room. The contents included 32 classified documents as well as clothing, magazine clippings, a book and a mix of 255 unidentified documents and photographs.
Thousands of photos were found in boxes in the storage room. The list also included hundreds of magazines, news articles and other documents without classified markings. Several items of clothing were recovered from the storage room.