Trump Lawyers Deny Special Master Request In Sudden Double Down

( To maintain their ability to mount a defense against a “subsequent indictment,” the legal team representing former President Donald Trump has declined to comply with a condition posed by Special Master Judge Raymond Dearie.

The draft plan for the Special Master includes a number of conditions, one of which is that Trump’s staff disclose specifics about Trump’s claim to have “declassified” materials that were confiscated during the raid of Mar-a-Lago by the FBI.

The legal team for Donald Trump has stated in a letter that they will not comply with the subpoena because they believe doing so will undermine their defense against a “subsequent indictment”:

According to the Draft Plan, the Plaintiff is obligated to provide the Court and the Government with specific information regarding declassification disclosures.

The Trump team wrote that they humbly suggest that the time and place for affidavits or declarations would be in connection with a Rule 41 motion that specifically asserts declassification as a component of its argument for the return of property. This would be the appropriate time and place for these types of documents. In the event that this does not occur, the Special Master process will have compelled the Plaintiff to thoroughly and specifically disclose a defense to the merits of any subsequent indictment, even though such a necessity was not made explicit in the order issued by the District Court.

Maggie Haberman, a correspondent for the New York Times and a Trumpworld pulse-reader, argued that the disagreement indicates a disappointing trend for Team Trump, which had nominated Dearie as one of its choices for the assessment.

“It’s very plausible that Trump’s team was projecting,” Haberman wrote. “Trump’s team loved that Dearie is slow-moving and felt he would think just like they do and base judgments on suspicion of the FBI.”

The legal filings that Team Trump has made so far have made no mention of the confiscated documents having been declassified in advance or in any other way, despite the fact that Trump has made this claim publicly on multiple occasions.