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Justice Department says it found a ‘limited set’ of potentially privileged material in Trump search

Washington- A “limited set” of material taken by the FBI in its search from former President Donald Trump’s residence in South Florida may contain information covered by attorney-client privilege, the Justice Department revealed in a court filing Monday.

Federal prosecutors told US District Judge Aileen Cannon in the presentation that the so-called Privileges Review Team, which is examining some of the documents seized from the former president to identify those that may contain privileged information, found “a limited set of materials that potentially contain privileged information between attorney and client.” The team has completed a review of the materials, according to the filing.

The team is also in the process of following procedures set forth in an affidavit detailing the justification for the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago this month to “address potential privilege disputes, if any,” Juan wrote. Antonio González, a federal prosecutor in Miami and Jay Bratt, the top counterintelligence official at the Department of Justice.

The Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are also conducting a classification review of materials recovered by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, they said.

“As the Director of National Intelligence reported to Congress, ODNI is also leading an intelligence community assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the release of these materials,” Gonzalez and Bratt told the court.

A federal judge on Friday unsealed a redacted version of the 38-page affidavit used to justify the search warrant executed by the FBI at the former president’s home in Florida. The FBI said the National Archives and Records Administration determined that 15 boxes it recovered from the property in January contained “highly classified documents interspersed with other records.”

Within the 15 boxes provided to the National Archives, 184 documents had classification marks, including 67 marked “confidential,” 92 marked “secret” and 25 marked “top secret,” the FBI said in its affidavit. Agents who conducted a preliminary review of the boxes in mid-May also found that some of the documents were marked “HCS,” or HUMINT Control System, which the affidavit said is “designed to protect intelligence information derived from sources clandestine human

Trump has criticized the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago, claiming without evidence that it is a politically motivated attack by the Justice Department ahead of a possible 2024 presidential campaign.

Trump has also claimed that some of the documents seized by the FBI are covered by attorney-client privilege and canon asked last week to appoint a “special master” to review records seized from Mar-a-Lago. in a preliminary order issued On Saturday, Cannon said it is his “preliminary intention to appoint a special teacher” in response to Trump’s request, though his decision is not yet final.

He also set a deadline of Tuesday for the Justice Department to provide a more detailed description of the property seized by the FBI from Trump’s Palm Beach residence.


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