Trump Lawyers Don’t Want FBI to View Seized Classified Documents 

Former President Donald Trump rides around his golf course at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sept. 12, 2022.

Washington — Lawyers for former President Donald Trump said Monday that they oppose allowing the Justice Department to resume viewing the more than 100 classified government documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as part of an investigation into his handling of government records.

The Trump team’s widely anticipated opposition came in a court filing after federal prosecutors asked a federal judge last week to lift an order barring them from viewing the documents and authorizing the appointment of a special master to assess the seized files.

A page from the order granting a request by former President Donald Trump’s legal team to appoint a special master to review documents seized by the FBI during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate is photographed, Sept. 5, 2022.

The judge, Aileen Cannon of the federal district for southern Florida, gave the Trump lawyers until Monday to file their response.

Arguing that the judge’s order for a special master is a “sensible preliminary step towards restoring order from chaos,” attorneys for Trump asked Cannon to reject the government’s motion.

“In short, the merits of this matter do not support staying the Court’s Order pending the Government’s appeal,” they wrote. “Accordingly, and in light of the remaining stay factors, the Court should deny the Government’s motion.”

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