Updated Sep 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump asks appeals court to reject DOJ request to keep reviewing classified Mar-a-Lago docs

Former President Donald Trump enters the stage at a Save America Rally,.
Former President Trump enters the stage at a rally in Ohio on Sept. 17. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Former President Trump on Tuesday filed a response to the Department of Justice's attempt to block parts of a federal judge's ruling that paused its review of documents marked as classified that were seized at Mar-a-Lago.

Driving the news: In the 40-page filing, Trump's legal team argued that the Department of Justice has not successfully proven that the documents "it claims are classified are, in fact, classified and their segregation is inviolable."

  • Trump's team argues that a document with classification markers "does not necessarily negate privilege claims," including Trump's handwritten notes.

The big picture: Trump's filing comes after his legal team on Monday night opposed a request by the special master reviewing the documents to make disclosures about the declassification of documents found at his Florida residence, Axios' Rebecca Falconer reports.

  • Trump's team in a letter to Judge Raymond Dearie cites a draft plan that they say "requires that the Plaintiff disclose specific information regarding declassification to the Court and to the Government."

What to watch: Dearie is set to hold a preliminary conference at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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