Lawyers for former US president Donald Trump are resisting a federal judge’s instruction to submit a sworn declaration on whether they believe the government’s list of property taken from Mr Trump’s Florida estate is accurate.
According to a letter publicly filed by Mr Trump’s lawyers on Wednesday, the former president’s legal team told Senior US judge Raymond Dearie – who is reviewing the materials taken in the federal raid of the Florida property – that they do not believe Judge Dearie has the authority to require them to make such a filing.
The former president has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the FBI planted evidence.
The Trump lawyers’ letter, dated September 25, says the order by another federal judge appointing Judge Dearie to conduct the outside review of the materials only requires that the government file a declaration on the accuracy of the inventory list, and not Mr Trump.
Mr Trump’s lawyers also said they could not verify the accuracy of the property list because they do not currently have access to information taken in the raid that was marked as classified.
Judge Dearie had ordered the former president to make the filing by October 7. The judge has not yet addressed the objection.
Judge Dearie’s order asked Mr Trump to list any items that were seized, but not listed in the inventory, any items that were not seized and erroneously included on the list, as well as any possible errors in the inventory about the location of the seized items.
Mr Trump said in a recent Fox News interview he had declassified it all.