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FIRST ON FOX: A federal judge revealed on Monday that former President Trump’s medical records and documents related to his accounting and tax information were seized during the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago home.
U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Judge Aileen M. Cannon, ordered on Monday that an independent special master be appointed to review Trump’s attorney-client and executive privilege filings. The judge also ordered the Justice Department to halt its own investigative review of the documents.
In the order, Cannon revealed the types of documents that were seized during the raid.
“According to the lien review team’s report, the documents seized include medical documents, tax-related correspondence and accounting information,” Cannon wrote.
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A source familiar told Fox News that the FBI seized 40 years of Trump’s medical records from Mar-a-Lago during the search.
Congressional Democrats have been seeking Trump’s tax returns since 2019. Last month, a federal appeals court cleared the way for the House Ways and Means Committee to finally obtain Trump’s tax returns from the ‘Internal Revenue Service, under a law authorizing the disclosure of an individual’s income. tax returns to the congressional committee.
Trump can seek emergency intervention from the Supreme Court to try to temporarily block any disclosure of those tax records to the committee.
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“The United States is reviewing the notice and will consider appropriate next steps in the ongoing litigation,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.
The FBI declined to comment.
Fox News first reported last month that FBI agents seized boxes containing documents covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially solicitor-client privilege during the raid.
Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that maintains the confidentiality of communications between an attorney and their client. It’s unclear at this point whether the records include communications between the former president and his private attorneys, the White House attorney during the Trump administration, or a combination.
The FBI had also seized Trump’s passports during the raid and then returned them to the former president.
Last week, the Department of Justice – after Cannon’s order – filed a more detailed list of documents taken during its Mar-a-Lago raid, including dozens of classified documents and files with marks. classified.
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A wide assortment of other items were also included, including over 1,000 documents that had no classified marks, several “Apparel/Gift Item” entries, and hundreds of printed news articles.
It’s also not clear why investigators seized items labeled “Clothing/Gift Items.” In all, the DOJ said it took 18 of those items.
Meanwhile, Cannon’s order on Monday halted the Justice Department’s “stain” or “filter” team’s review of seized records.
“Furthermore, in natural conjunction with this appointment, and consistent with the value and sequence of Master’s Special Procedures, the Court also temporarily prohibits the Government from examining and using the documents seized for investigative purposes in pending completion of master’s special examination or other court order.”
The order, however, “will not preclude classification review and/or intelligence assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“ODNI”) as described in the notice of receipt of the order. preliminary government”.
Last month, Trump’s legal team asked Cannon to appoint a special master following the unprecedented search of his property, arguing that the DOJ’s “privilege review team” should not be the final arbiter of whether his actions were appropriate in such a profile. cases and that the scope of the review team was too narrow.
Meanwhile, Trump, after Cannon’s order, posted on his TRUTH Social account, criticizing the “corrupt” Justice Department.
“Remember, it takes guts and ‘courage’ to fight a totally corrupt ‘Justice’ Department and the FBI,” Trump said. “They are driven to do bad things by many sinister and evil outside sources.”
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Trump added: “Until they show impartiality, wisdom, fairness and courage, our country can never return or recover – it will be reduced to being a Third World nation!”
The government conducted the initial search of Trump’s home in response to what it considers a violation of federal laws: 18 USC 793 – Collection, Transmission, or Loss of Defense Information; 18 USC 2071—Concealment, Abduction, or Mutilation; and 18 USC 1519—Destruction, Alteration, or Falsification of Records in Federal Investigations.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he personally approved the search of Trump’s home.
Fox News’ David Spunt, Bill Mears and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
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