Judge Sides with Trump Against Special Master in Battle Over ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Order

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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon sided with former President Donald Trump’s legal team on Thursday in his latest skirmish with the Biden administration’s Department of Justice over the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

In a Sept. 22 court filing, retired U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master assigned to the case, ordered Trump’s legal team to confirm or deny the accuracy of the DOJ’s inventory list of items seized during the Aug. 8 raid, according to The Hill.

The order — which Axios described as a demand that Trump “put up or shut up” — said the former president’s attorneys must “raise any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the Detailed Property Inventory,” and Dearie demanded a response by Friday.

Trump has said in interviews and on social media that the FBI might have planted evidence in his residence during the daylong search to incriminate him, and others — including Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia — have speculated about the possibility.

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He also has maintained that he declassified all of the documents before he left the White House.

In a Wednesday letter to Dearie, Trump’s legal team objected to his order, arguing the special master’s “management plan exceeds the grant of authority from the district court on this issue.”

Cannon agreed, saying in an order Thursday that the former president’s attorneys must be allowed to review the documents before attesting to their accuracy. Considering there are more than 11,000 pages of records to review, her request is extremely reasonable.

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