Biden’s Department of Justice requests a judge to place Trump’s legal team CONTEMPT because they failed to fully comply with subpoenas to hand over all classified documents
- Federal prosecutors asked a judge for Trump’s office to be held in contempt.
- If the judge agrees, a daily penalty must be paid until Trump’s entire team complies.
- Trump was subpoenaed for all government documents in he possession by the DOJ
- His team conducted an outside party search of Bedminister, Trump Tower and a storage unit
- The sealed complaint is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Beryl A.Howell
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge for Donald Trump’s office to be held in contempt of Court. This is because Trump failed to meet the terms of a subpoena that ordered the return of all classified documents.
According to sources familiar, the Justice Department lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Beryl. Howell for sanctions. Sources say that this was in response to growing frustration at private talks to ensure that the former President has handed over all papers.
According to the Washington Post, however, the judge has not yet been able to hold a hearing.
A day earlier it emerged that lawyers for Trump had uncovered still more classified government material that was removed from the White House – this time in a South Florida storage unit that housed material shipped in bulk from the White House.
The legal team of former President Donald Trump is facing contempt of court charges as the courtroom tussles continue over the return presidential records
100 classified documents were discovered in August after an FBI search of Mar-a-Lago.
A contempt ordeal could be a daily penalty that would have to paid until the judge ruled Trump’s team had complied with the subpoena.
After Trump’s team was reportedly growing frustrated by the Justice Department, the judge requested that he intervene.
In June, the lawyers of the former president stated that they had conducted a diligent search for White House records.
Weeks late, FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago where they found 18 documents marked as top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked as confidential, and 11,179 government documents or photographs that had no classification markings.
Since then, the two sides have been at odds over how to proceed with the case. According to sources, Trump’s legal team has refused appoint any custodian of records who would verify that all classified materials have been returned.
Steven Cheung, Trump’s spokesperson said that the former president’s lawyers continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice.
According to him, “This is a political witch hunting unlike anything this country has ever seen,” he told The Washington Post.
The president keeps an office in the Florida club he manages
The latest twist came a day after more classified material was discovered at a Trump property.
After being asked by a judge to prove that Trump was responsive to a subpoena from the government, Trump’s attorneys took inventory of a Florida storage facility.
The process led them to the storage facility, where they were able to store 3,000 pounds worth of items that had been shipped from Virginia and Florida by Trump aides. Washington Post.
A person who was familiar with the unit said that it was suits, swords, wrestling belts and all kinds of stuff. “To my knowledge, he never even visited that storage unit.” I don’t think anyone in Trump world could tell you what’s in that storage unit.’
Trump’s legal team did not challenge a ruling of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel issued a ruling that ended the role of a special master’ who was to sort through items seized at Mar-a-Lago in order to weigh privilege claims.
Trump-appointed U.S. District Court Judge AileenCannon had rendered that decision after Trump’s team sued the court in Florida.
However, the court panel issued a strong rebuttal to the decision and Trump’s team decided to not appeal to the full Appeals Court.
“The law is clear. We cannot make a rule that would allow any subject of a warrant to stop government investigations after execution. The court also stated that it was impossible to create a rule allowing only former presidents the right to do so. Each of them were appointed by Republican presidents.
They claimed that doing so would ‘violate the bedrock separation of powers limitations.