The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to find Donald Trump’s office in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with a subpoena to return all classified documents in his possession, according to reports.
The Washington Post report on Thursday added that Trump’s legal team has repeatedly refused to acknowledge that all the materials had been returned to the federal government, one of the key areas of disagreement.
District Court Judge Beryl Howell has yet to hold a hearing or rule on the request, the newspaper reported.
This former president He and his team said the request was unreasonable, and the Justice Department declined to comment on the report.
A Trump spokesman told Reuters the former president’s lawyers “continue to cooperate and be transparent,” while describing the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
An appeals court ruled on Wednesday to halt the use of a third-party special director to review investigative records, a move that allows the Justice Department to access some 13,000 records seized by the FBI at Mr. Trump’s Florida estate in an investigation into ongoing criminal activity. .
“President Trump will continue to oppose the weaponization of law enforcement and pursue appropriate legal avenues to obtain items that were flagrantly and illegally confiscated from his home during the Biden regime’s unconstitutional raid,” Mr. Trump’s spokesman added.
Justice Department is investigating Did the former president break the law Keep government records, some of which are marked top secret, after leaving office in January 2021.
Trump, who announced last month that he would run for president for a third time in 2024, is facing several legal issues. His efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election continue to be investigated.
He also faces a state investigation into a push to reverse his electoral loss in Georgia, a candidate Trump heavily endorsed this week. failed to win Senate seats for Republicansgiving President Joe Biden a political victory.
Earlier this week, his real estate firm Convicted of carrying out a criminal scheme Defrauded tax authorities over the past 15 years, although Trump himself has not been charged in the case.