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Special master presses Trump team for evidence he declassified records

Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master hired to examine the documents seized by the FBI at former President Trump’s Florida residence, on Tuesday pressed the former president’s legal team for evidence he had declassified highly sensitive records, Reuters reports.

Driving the news headlines: You cant have your cake and eat it too, Dearie said through the first such public hearing, Politico reports.

  • Trump has said he declassified the records, but his lawyers haven’t backed that sentiment in court filings.

The picture as a whole: The hearing comes hours after Trump on Tuesday filed a reply to the Department of Justice’s try to stay elements of a federal judge’s ruling that paused its overview of documents marked as classified which were seized at Mar-a-Lago.

  • Trump’s legal team in the filing argued that the DOJ have not proved that the documents it says are classified, “are, actually, classified and their segregation is inviolable,” per the 40-page filing.

What things to watch: Dearie has until Nov. 30 to perform his overview of materials seized from Trump’s Florida residence, a timeline which could change at the mercy of their own proposals.

Go deeper… Scoop: Team Trump sees special master as deep FBI skeptic

Editor’s note: It is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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