Trump, lawyers complain DOJ 'gratuitously' released photo of top secret files 'strewn' over Trump's floor

The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a court document detailing its evidence that former President Donald Trump and his lawyers mishandled classified government documents, then criminally obstructed the government's investigation by concealing the documents from the FBI and signing a sworn statement in June falsely claiming all classified documents had been returned. In the Aug. 8 search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, the DOJ said, FBI agents found more than 100 documents with classified markings in a club storage room and Trump's office.

Three of Trump's lawyers responded Wednesday by arguing that the Justice Department overreacted by searching Mar-a-Lago, and they seemed especially irritated by the photo the DOJ included in its filing of top secret documents arranged on the floor of Trump's office. "The government's response gratuitously included a photograph of allegedly classified materials, pulled from a container and spread across the floor for dramatic effect," Trump's lawyers complained.

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.