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DOJ: Trump lacks standing for Special Master, “docs show obstruction”

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Pages from a Department of Justice court filing on Aug. 30, 2022, in response to a request from the legal team of former President Donald Trump for a special master to review the documents seized during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago, are photographed early Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — The Department of Justice is asking a federal judge in West Palm Beach not to grant former President Trump’s request for an independent arbiter, or special master, to review documents seized in the FBI’s raid of his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The DOJ’s court filing states that Trump “lacks standing to seek judicial relief or oversight as to Presidential records because those records do not belong to him.”

The DOJ made that argument in a Tuesday night filing that is the government’s most detailed account yet of its evidence of obstruction of justice.

The FBI also seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified records during its Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and found classified documents stashed in Trump’s office.

The court filing included a picture of some of the seized documents bearing clear classification markings indicating that their sensitive nature would be hard to miss.

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This image contained in a court filing by the Department of Justice on Aug. 30, 2022, and redacted by in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search by the FBI of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The Justice Department says it has uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of classified records at former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. (Department of Justice via AP)

Trump has until Wednesday evening to respond to the government’s filing.

Also, Trump has added more firepower to his legal team.  Chris Kise, Florida’s former solicitor general, has joined the team of lawyers representing the former president.