Donald Trump’s legal team is weighing whether to allow federal agents to return to the former president’s Florida residence, and potentially conduct a supervised search, to satisfy the Justice Department demands that all sensitive government documents be returned. sources said to CNN.
In private conversations with Trump’s team, as well as in court documents, the Justice Department made clear that it believes Trump failed to comply with a May subpoena ordering the return of all documents marked classified and that more records remain missing.
Some members of Trump’s inner circle are unconvinced that government documents remain, after the FBI seized nearly 22,000 pages when it executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August.
The possibility of allowing federal officials to return to Trump’s property, likely with Trump’s lawyers present, is just one of the options on the table as the Trump team tries to find the best way to protect the former president from danger. legal. No firm decision has been made, while sources with knowledge of the situation say Trump’s legal team is still weighing how helpful or antagonistic they should be to the Justice Department.
Amid multiple legal battles and hoping to relieve some of the pressure he faces, Trump has recently signaled to advisers and allies that he is open to a less adversarial approach to the Justice Department, one that could be quickly resolved.
The rapprochement comes even as Trump continues to vent legal theories that the records he took with him at the end of his presidency are his personal property, an argument his team made in court.