Justice Department informs judge that the FBI has previously studied Trump's Mar-a-Lago docs.

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Shagun Singh

The potential protected documents that were retrieved during a search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8 have already been thoroughly examined by FBI investigators.

The move was filed in response to U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon's decision on Saturday to schedule a hearing for this week about Trump's motion to appoint a special master.

Two weeks after the Aug. 8 search, Trump's legal team submitted the request, describing the court-authorized law enforcement action as a "shockingly aggressive" raid with political motivations.

Despite stating that she was inclined to appoint a special master, Cannon, who was nominated to the court by Trump in 2020, added that her ruling "should not be read as a final determination on Plaintiff's Motion."

During the search, federal agents removed around twenty boxes of materials from Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified paperwork, some of it top secret.

The distinct topic of whether a special master, if constituted, could or should review the classified materials recovered from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI is not addressed in either the Trump submission or the government's succinct response.

The search is a component of a criminal investigation into whether Trump and his associates seized secret government documents and failed to return them all, despite requests from senior officials, and whether anybody obstructed government efforts to retrieve all of the classified material.