According to reports, the Justice Department told lawyers for Donald Trump that it believes he has not returned all documents from his White House exit.
According to a report by the New York Times, Jay Bratt is the head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section. He reached out to Trump’s attorneys to relay the message in recent week, according to the report. According to the report, people who were briefed on this matter were cited.
According to the report, Trump’s lawyers had a split on how to respond. Some wanted to cooperate while others wanted to be more aggressive.
The Justice Department’s message was published the same day as an accidental posting to a public docket that provided more information about documents seized in the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home. Some details include documents that were meant to be returned to Trump, such as a “medical note” and some of Trump’s legal documents.
Trump asked the Supreme Court for an injunction to overturn a court decision that stopped a decision to permit a special master review classified documents that were obtained during Mar-a-Lago’s raid. This was to find privileged materials. Trump has requested that the Supreme Court reverse an appeals court ruling. The Justice Department must respond by Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Unsealed court filings showed that Trump is under investigation for the Espionage Act and related laws regarding obstruction of justice. Trump denied any wrongdoing.