DOJ STRIPS Trump’s Rights Away From Mar-a-Lago?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has requested that a secure facility be re-established in his Mar-a-Lago estate; however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is opposing this, arguing that there is no precedent and that if approved, Trump would be the first defendant in history to be able to review documents from their home.

Currently, Trump would be required to meet with his legal team at the sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) in order to discuss the evidence related to his classified documents case, which includes 32 highly classified documents that he allegedly mishandled at Mar-a-Lago.

While Trump’s team did not explicitly refer to Mar-a-Lago, they did note that it would be useful for one of the secure areas of Trump’s presidency to be re-established. As they claim, it would require too much security and law enforcement in order for Trump to move to the facility for the evidence, which is why a secure location for personal usage would be beneficial.

The Department of Justice has maintained that Trump’s request would constitute special treatment and that no other criminal defendant has ever received such treatment. They further note that Mar-a-Lago, which is a social club, would be entirely unsuitable for discussing classified documents. In the filing, they also slam Trump’s legal team for failing to provide any exact information regarding the cost and time required for the establishment of the secure area.

Initially, Trump had requested that he be able to review the documents at his private residence in Florida.

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