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Everything keeps getting worse for Donald Trump and his Mar-a-Lago mess

The Justice Department filed a response late last night to Donald Trump‘s request for a federal judge to appoint a “special master” to review the records seized from Mar-a-Lago earlier this month and, once again, things look pretty grim for the one-term, twice-impeached ex-president.

In its 36-page filing, the DOJ argues that FPOTUS’s request for a special master “fails for multiple, independent reasons,” and accuses him of leveling “wide-ranging meritless accusations” against the U.S. government.

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Unlike Trump, however, federal prosecutors don’t just hurl wild accusations around without offering any evidence to support their claims. They have receipts. Lots of them.

The filing goes on to explain that FBI agents recovered a total of 33 boxes containing more than 100 highly classified documents stashed in the ex-president’s home office when they searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8.

The information contained in the documents is so sensitive, it adds, that FBI counterintelligence agents tasked with reviewing the materials needed additional security clearances. Thus, appointing a special master “is unnecessary and would significantly harm important governmental interests, including national security interests.”

Oof!

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But federal prosecutors didn’t stop there. The filing also explains that the DOJ tried for months to get the documents back from Trump prior to August 8, but to no avail.

NPR reports:

The timeline laid out by the Justice Department made clear that the extraordinary search of Mar-a-Lago came only after other efforts to retrieve the records had failed, and that it resulted from law enforcement suspicion that additional documents remained inside the property despite assurances by Trump representatives that a “diligent search” had accounted for all of the material.

It also included a picture of some of the seized documents bearing clear classification markings, perhaps as a way to rebut suggestions that whoever packed them or was handling them could have easily failed to appreciate their sensitive nature.

The photo the DOJ submitted with the filing is peak Trump. It shows a pile of government documents marked “TOP SECRET//SCI” and “SECRET//SCI” spread out across the gaudy black and gold carpet at Mar-a-Lago. Beside them is a banker’s box of tacky gold-framed picture frames, including a Time magazine cover.

There they are, folx! Our nation’s most top secrets sitting on the floor of the ex-president’s home office in Florida.

In a post on his Truth Social page today, Trump claimed he declassified all the records shown in the photo, writing: “Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!”

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But the DOJ says his team never “asserted that the former president had declassified the documents or asserted any claim of executive privilege.”

Trump has until 8PM tonight to submit a response to the DOJ’s filing. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020, is set to hear arguments on the matter tomorrow.

Now, some tweets…

In other Trump news, the RNC has finally–finally!–cut him off and says he’s going to have to pay for his own legal expenses when it comes to this whole Mar-a-Lago mess. Until now, GOP donors have been footing the bill for all of the investigations into the ex-president’s alleged bad behavior.

That ends today. Or rather, yesterday.

Politico reported on Tuesday:

Trump will have to pay on his own. A person familiar with the matter confirmed that the Republican National Committee is not paying for Trump’s legal fees related to the FBI’s investigation and retrieval of documents at Mar-a-Lago. That’s a departure of sorts from the past. The RNC has, for example, paid for Trump’s legal bills involving New York Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into the former president’s private businesses.