Special master wants proof from Trump team that FBI planted evidence

Dearie asked defense attorneys to identify what items in the FBI's list of seized property were not seized from the Mar-a-Lago estate.

Updated: September 22, 2022 - 9:34pm

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Judge Raymond Dearie, the court-appointed special master reviewing documents the FBI took from Donald Trump's home in August, has asked the former president's lawyers to substantiate his claim that the FBI planted evidence.

Specifically, Dearie asked defense attorneys to identify what items in the FBI's list of seized property were not in fact seized from the Mar-a-Lago estate, according to The Hill. He has asked for a sworn statement including "a list of any specific items set forth in the [FBI's] detailed property inventory that plaintiff asserts were not seized from the premises." He also asked for a list of any unlisted materials Trump claims the FBI took.

The former president on Thursday indicated that the bureau seized his will. Judge Aileen Cannon, who is presiding over the case, has acknowledged that the bureau took private medical and tax records, articles of clothing, and documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

Shortly after the raid, Trump asserted on Truth Social that the FBI agents did not allow anyone present at the estate to witness their activities and suggested that they could have planted evidence, but did not strictly assert that they did so.

"Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting.'" he posted. "Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never 'raided,' despite big disputes!"