Trump ‘respectfully’ asks FBI to return documents seized at Mar-A-Lago


Former President Donald Trump on Sunday publicly demanded that documents seized from his Florida compound and home in a federal search last week be returned, saying they included confidential communications between an attorney and a client.

“Oh great! We just learned that the FBI, in its now infamous Mar-a-Lago raid, took boxes of ‘attorney-client’ privileged documents, as well as ‘executive’ privileged material, that they shouldn’t have knowingly taken it,” he said, posted on his social media site, Truth Social.

“By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned [sic] where they were taken from. Thank you!” he wrote.

Trump appeared to cite a Fox News report late Saturday which claimed, citing sources close to the investigation, that material confiscated from his property includes material covered by solicitor-client privilege and “potentially executive privilege.” “.

The entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is seen Monday in Palm Beach, Florida.

In his message, Trump then attacked the FBI’s credibility, saying it has “a long and unrelenting history of corruption.”

The agency faced an increase in threats following its raid. A man armed with an AR-15 rifle threatened officials at an FBI building in Cincinnati on Thursday and was killed in a shootout with police.

About 20 boxes of items were removed from Mar-a-Lago last Monday, including 11 sets of classified documents, according to a search warrant. These items included documents marked top secret and intended to remain only in a secure government facility.

Trump argued, without offering any supporting evidence, that he personally declassified the documents before leaving the White House.

Trump, seen in New York on Wednesday, claimed material taken from his Florida home with a search warrant includes confidential communications between an attorney and a client.
Trump, seen in New York on Wednesday, claimed material taken from his Florida home with a search warrant includes confidential communications between an attorney and a client.

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His office also claimed in a statement read on Fox News on Friday that Trump had a “standing order” during his presidency that “documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed declassified the moment he removed them.”

Despite the claim, one of Trump’s lawyers signed a statement in June saying all documents marked as “classified” at Mar-a-Lago had been returned to the government, The New York Times reported on Saturday citing four people with knowledge. the document.

Due to the classification of the documents, Trump is being investigated for a possible violation of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and the suppression and destruction of official documents, according to the search warrant of the FBI.




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