The Washington Post reported that DOJ prosecutors asked a federal judge to hold former President Donald Trump’s office in contempt of court after the discovery of new classified documents that were hidden at a Trump property despite his legal team’s constant assurances that they had handed over all materials:
“In recent days, Justice Department lawyers have asked U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell to hold Trump’s office in contempt, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sealed court proceedings. But the judge has not yet held a hearing or ruled on the request, they said.”
“The request came after months of mounting frustration from the Justice Department with Trump’s team — frustration that spiked in June after the former president’s lawyers provided assurances that a diligent search had been conducted for classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago Club and residence. But the FBI amassed evidence suggesting — and later confirmed through a court-authorized search — that many more remained.”
The two new documents were found in a storage unit in Florida that is owned by Trump, by an outside team hired by the former president and his people.
The report continued:
“Trump’s team has searched a number of his other properties in recent weeks, in response to the DOJ concerns and instructions from the judge, and turned over two items with classification markings to the government. Trump’s advisers told the FBI the items were found in a storage facility used by the former president in West Palm Beach, Fla. Other Trump properties searched in recent weeks include his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey and his home and office at Trump Tower in Manhattan. People familiar with those searches by a private firm say no classified documents were found at those locations.”
This news comes as special counsel Jack Smith is busy investigating whether Donald Trump committed any crimes in the handling of classified documents.