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Former President Donald Trump's efforts to stall the United States Department of Justice's investigation into his handling of top-secret government documents has apparently hit a dead end.
As Bloomberg News reports, the special master ordered to oversee the documents by Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this fall has been officially dismissed, thus freeing the DOJ to access all of the documents it seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort this past summer.
The dismissal of the special master came after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which features two judges appointed by Trump, trashed the decision to accord the former president special treatment that they argued no other American under such an investigation would receive.
The DOJ executed a search warrant in August on the president's Mar-a-Lago resort to retrieve top-secret government documents he had continued to stash there despite being given a subpoena to return them.
The former president has since lashed out at the investigation as a "witch hunt" against him, although even former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr has said that the DOJ was fully justified in seeking a lawful search warrant to ensure the proper return of important government property.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Justice Department prosecutors are asking a federal judge to hold former President Donald Trump's office in contempt of court, following the discovery of new classified documents stashed at a Trump property despite his legal team's repeated assurances they had already handed over all such material.
"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," reported Spencer S. Hsu, Josh Dawsey, Jacqueline Alemany, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S. Helderman.
"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," the report continued. "But the FBI amassed evidence suggesting — and later confirmed through a court-authorized search — that many more remained."
The two new documents turned up in a storage unit in Florida owned by Trump. The discovery was made by an outside team hired by the former president.
"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," said the report. "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."
All of this comes as special counsel Jack Smith investigates whether Trump committed any crimes in his mishandling of classified documents, which reportedly included highest-level information about foreign weapons secrets and clandestine human sources operating on behalf of the United States or its allies.