DOJ releases updated inventory of documents recovered from Trump's estate

Washington DC - The US Justice Department (DOJ) has submitted an updated inventory of the documents recovered from former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as the investigation continues.

Ex-president Donald Trump claimed – without showing proof – that the FBI had planted evidence against him during their search.
Ex-president Donald Trump claimed – without showing proof – that the FBI had planted evidence against him during their search.  © REUTERS

The new list, which contains only minor changes, includes an FBI affidavit saying it is a complete account of all the records taken during the raid in August.

The special master in the case, Judge Raymond Dearie, had requested the DOJ indicate whether its prior inventory was "full and accurate." Trump had previously claimed – without any proof – that the FBI may have planted evidence against him during the search.

"I am not aware of any documents or materials seized from the Premises on that date by the FBI that are not reflected in the Revised Detailed Property Inventory," an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit, according to CNN.

The FBI reportedly only had one day to submit its first inventory. In the meantime, they have been able to go through the documents and catalog the items.

The two versions of the inventory show the same total number of documents marked classified. The latest shows two fewer press clippings and two fewer empty envelopes with classified labels and a few dozen more unclassified records, CNN reported.

Trump accused of illegally removing classified documents

Since he left office, Trump has been accused of illegally removing thousands of government documents from the White House, including top-secret information related to national security, in violation of the Presidential Records Act.

The ex-president claimed an investigation was unnecessary, even going so far as to say he had declassified the documents "by thinking about it." A federal appeals court denied his challenge, which has allowed the DOJ to continue its criminal probe.

Trump's legal team now has until Friday to report if they believe any items are missing from the list, or any included that shouldn't be.

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