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Special Master Orders Trump Lawyers to Back Up Claims

“The Mar-a-Lago special master on Thursday ordered Donald Trump’s lawyers to state in a court filing whether they believe FBI agents lied about documents seized from the former president’s Florida residence in a court-authorized search last month, or claimed to have taken items that were not actually in Trump’s possession,” the Washington Post reports.

“Trump has said on social media and in television interviews that the FBI planted items and described as classified documents that he had declassified when they searched his Mar-A-Lago residence and private club on Aug. 8. His lawyers have not asserted that in court, however, instead saying they have not reviewed the seized materials and are unable to confirm whether the government’s inventory list is accurate.”

“Dearie’s order marks the first time that a courts has demanded that Trump’s lawyers back up his claims.”

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times notes Dearie “has set a breakneck schedule to review and segregate any documents taken by the FBI.”

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