Special Master: Prove Those Docs Were Declassified

The Washington Post reports:

For weeks, former president Donald Trump has benefited from the orders of a judge who has proved conspicuously incurious about his public claims that he declassified the documents labeled confidential, secret or top-secret seized from his residence at Mar-a-Lago last month. That appears to be coming to an end. And now Trump’s lawyers have lots of thinking to do when it comes to whether they’ll do what they’ve painstakingly avoided: saying what their client says.

The special master in the case, Raymond J. Dearie, served notice in a Tuesday hearing that he will likely require Trump’s legal team to actually address the declassification claims. At one point, he said that if Trump’s lawyers didn’t directly dispute the government’s argument that the documents are classified, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it.” When Trump lawyer Jim Trusty argued the legal team shouldn’t have to weigh in on that yet, Dearie responded, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

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