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Trump Fights DOJ’s Records Bid; White House Warns of Rail Strike

Sept. 12, 2022, 6:33 PM

Donald Trump’s attorneys told a judge on Monday that they oppose the US Justice Department’s request to continue using documents with classified markings seized from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate without being reviewed by a neutral third party.

In Monday’s filing, his legal team argued that there was “disagreement” about the classification status of the seized materials and they emphasized that a president has broad power to declassify information. But they stopped short of repeating Trump’s claim that even if the records had classified markings, it couldn’t be illegal because he declassified them all.

Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sept. 3.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“The Government’s stance assumes that ...