Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

New York/Washington, September 20 (EFE).- Judge Raymond Derry pressed former President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday during the first hearing in New York on whether to release documents seized by the FBI from the politician’s mansion in August. the court

Derry, hired as an independent expert to review more than 11,000 documents obtained by the FBI from the former president’s residence in Florida, argued in court with the president’s legal team, which refused to provide evidence that Trump released the documents. National media.

Trump’s defense

The former president has maintained that he himself disclosed the documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago and suggested there is no basis for suing him for keeping sensitive government material at his residence. However, neither he nor his lawyers held up that idea in court.

One of Trump’s attorneys, James Trusty, argued in court that Derry’s request for evidence to support Trump’s claim that the documents had been released was not within his remit.

Authorities in front of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in a file photograph.  EFE/EPA/Jim Russell
Authorities in front of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. EFE/EPA/Jim Russell

“I’m doing what they told me to do,” said the judge, who must decide which of those documents will not be given to the Justice Department, which is investigating the case against the former president.

The expert added that without evidence to support this claim, the only way to judge the classification level of the documents was that they were marked as highly sensitive national security secrets.

Deadline for experts

Derry, appointed to review the materials seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, must propose an “action plan” agreed to by both sides within no more than 10 days, which must end on Nov. 30.

Derry must present the plan to Florida federal judge Eileen Cannon, who is presiding over the lawsuit (2017-2021) filed by Trump against the US government as a result of the FBI search of his mansion on August 8.

Cannon on Thursday hired Deary as an independent expert to review the seizure and also denied a Justice Department request to allow him to review classified documents.

This fact has been questioned by legal experts who feel that it will temporarily delay the government’s criminal investigation.

Authorities in front of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in a file photograph.  EFE/EPA/Jim Russell
Authorities in front of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. EFE/EPA/Jim Russell

The Justice Department requested that it be allowed to review only those documents marked as classified, and Diary’s review would exclude them.

The idea of ​​hiring an independent expert, which was accepted by Cannon, came from Trump’s lawyers with the stated purpose of giving “credibility” to the investigation into the handover of government documents to Mar-a-Lago, which is one hundred. A “classified” nature according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Lawyers for the US Attorney’s Office contested the employment of these figures and, in fact, after the judge’s decision, they filed an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trump’s other complaint

In addition to this process on his residence records in Florida, Trump faces various judicial investigations related to his businesses and his political activities, particularly in the 2021 presidential election.

In New York, the Republican politician faces two investigations related to his family business, where he is accused of inflating the value of his business to defraud tax authorities. As part of this investigation, the Manhattan Attorney General obtained his 2021 tax returns.

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