Justice Department files​ 'most detailed account yet of its evidence of obstruction of justice' by Team Trump

Justice Department files​ 'most detailed account yet of its evidence of obstruction of justice' by Team Trump
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The U.S. Dept. of Justice in a late Tuesday night filing notified a federal judge it has obtained “multiple sources of evidence” that Donald Trump or his associates attempted to obstruct its investigation by “likely” concealing the existence of classified documents in defiance of a grand jury subpoena.

“The 36-page filing was the department’s most detailed account yet of its evidence of obstruction of justice, raising concerns that Trump and his attorneys sought to mislead investigators about the sincerity and thoroughness of their effort to identify and return highly sensitive records to the government,” Politico reports.

The filing, signed by Jay Bratt, the Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section at the National Security Division of DOJ, states that the U.S. Government, “also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation.”

“That the FBI, in a matter of hours, recovered twice as many documents with classification markings as the ‘diligent search’ that the former President’s counsel and other representatives had weeks to perform calls into serious question the representations made in the June 3 certification and casts doubt on the extent of cooperation in this matter,” Bratt also wrote.

Politico’s Kyle Cheney notes the DOJ included this photo of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

In the Government’s filing it also notifies the judge that it opposes the appointment of a “special master,” which the Trump legal team had requested.

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