Independent expert to review documents seized from Trump, court says

Independent expert to examine documents seized from Trump, says justice

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">On August 8, the FBI raided Donald Trump's residence in Florida, seizing boxes of confidential documents.

An independent expert must be appointed to review documents seized by the FBI from Donald Trump's Florida home, a US judge ordered on Monday according to a court document made public.

The Judge Aileen Cannon acceded to the request of the former American president by this decision which temporarily prohibits the investigators from using within the framework of the criminal investigation the documents seized in the Mar-a-Lago residence from Palm Beach.

Instead, investigators can continue to review the documents for classification and national security assessment purposes, according to the federal magistrate's decision.

Celle- This represents a victory for the Republican and a serious setback for the Justice Department which had opposed the appointment of an independent third party, saying it could block the access of investigators to the documents and would seriously harm government interests, including national security.

Appointed by Donald Trump himself in 2020, Judge Cannon writes in her decision that the appointment of the independent supervisor will be made without delay, asking the parties to come up with a list of potential names for a hearing scheduled for Friday.

< p class="e-p">On August 8, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's residence in Florida, seizing boxes of confidential documents that the Republican had not returned after his departure from the White House, despite multiple requests.

In early August, the FBI raided Donald Trump's residence in Florida. (archive)

Since this spectacular and unprecedented police operation for a former American head of state, Donald Trump has been storming against an act that he considers illegal and unconstitutional and repeats that he was targeted for political reasons.

In January, the former president's teams handed over 15 boxes of documents he had taken when he left the White House to the National Archives Agency, responsible for record presidential activities for history.

It was after examining these boxes that the FBI, convinced that Donald Trump was keeping other classified documents in Florida, under potentially inappropriate conditions, decided to search, seizing on this occasion about thirty of them. other boxes of documents.

They took documents protected by client-attorney confidentiality, Donald Trump had said.

Investigators suspect the Republican of having violated an American law on espionage which very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assured that these documents had been declassified.

Among the texts seized during the police operation are 18 documents classified top secret, 53 secret and 31 confidential.

Among them were papers that were recovered from Mr. Trump's personal office.

Officers also found several dozen empty folders marked classified in the office, which may suggest that sensitive documents may have been lost or destroyed.

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