The special master reviewing paperwork seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Thursday gave Trump a “final opportunity” to dispute an inventory of records taken by the FBI.
Judge Raymond Dearie said that Trump has until Sept. 30 to clarify his claims that documents may have been planted.
Dearie is the semi-retired “senior” Brooklyn federal court judge reviewing whether the government has a right to various records taken by the FBI in an Aug. 8 raid on his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Dearie wrote that the deadline will be Trump’s “final opportunity to raise any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the Detailed Property Inventory.”
Trump has not released evidence to back up his insinuations that some records may have been planted.
The FBI’s inventory of documents is vague, however, which may complicate any attempt to specify what may have been planted.
Dearie’s order asks for a “list of any specific items set forth in the Detailed Property Inventory that [Trump] asserts were not seized from the Premises on August 8, 2022.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested that the FBI planted evidence during the raid to recover presidential records as part of a dispute between Trump and the National Archives.
“Did they drop anything into those piles, or did they do it later?” Trump mused Wednesday during an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Two days after the search, which the FBI says recovered about 100 classified documents, Trump suggested some records could be fake.
“They wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’ Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out?” Trump wrote.
Trump later cited FBI misconduct in the investigation into whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Russia.
“They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust them,” Trump wrote in a social media post this month. “Look at the I.G. Reports on Comey, McCabe, and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park!”