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DOJ Admits It Has Some Privileged Information Belonging To Trump

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The Department of Justice has admitted what former President Donald Trump has been claiming since the FBI searched his private house.

It informed a court that they may have some information of his that is privileged.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon asked the Department to file “a more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized” and demanded to be informed of “the status of Defendant’s review of the seized property, including any filter review conducted by the privilege review team and any dissemination of materials beyond the privilege review team,” NBC News reported.

The Department of Justice said on Monday in a court filing that it “identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures” that are in the affidavit for a search warrant “to address potential privilege disputes, if any.”

On Saturday the same judge said she was thinking about appointing a special master to review the documents based on submissions from the former president’s attorneys and “the exceptional circumstances presented,” Fox News reported.

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A hearing is set for Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla. Cannon also ordered the Justice Department to file a response by Aug. 30 and provide, “under seal,” a “more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022.”

The current property receipt shows that FBI agents took approximately 20 boxes of items from the premises, including one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which refers to top secret/sensitive compartmented information.

Records covered by that government classification level could potentially include human intelligence and information that, if disclosed, could jeopardize relations between the U.S. and other nations, as well as the lives of intelligence operatives abroad. However, the classification also encompasses national security information related to the daily operations of the president of the United States.

A federal judge has handed former President Donald Trump some good news following the FBI raid on his Florida estate early this month.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the Justice Department must release an internal memo sent to then-Attorney General William Barr in March 2019 advising him to determine that Trump did not obstruct justice, Fox News reported.

The appeals court noted that the memo urged Barr following the release of an investigative report by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller “to conclude that President Trump had not obstructed justice.”

Fox News adds:

The letter was sent to Barr from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and another department official after Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report which investigated then-President Trump’s potential election interference and obstruction of justice.

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Barr sent an overview of the Muller report to [C]ongress on March 24, 2019, stating that the report didn’t reach a conclusion on if then-President Trump obstructed justice, and said that there was insufficient evidence to make such a determination on his own.

Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan made the ruling in response to an ongoing lawsuit from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington against the Justice Department, which sought the release of the memorandum and all related records.

The DOJ had said it could refrain from releasing the memo because they contained a record of internal discussions regarding governmental decisions, which can be cited as justification for not releasing documents to the general public.

But the appeals court rejected that argument and instead ordered the DOJ to release the memo in full.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported separately that an attorney for the former president told conservative talk host Mark Levin on Friday that he will “soon” file a Fourth Amendment-related lawsuit against the Justice Department in relation to the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid.

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