An inadvertently shared log of potentially privileged documents from former President Trump’s Florida home includes details of his callings as president, analyzes of who should receive pardons and heaps of documents related to his many entanglements legal.
The attachments were designed to shed light on the work of the Justice Department’s “screening team” in an Aug. 30 memo the court released on Monday — an effort at the time to convince a Florida judge that ‘no special master was needed to examine potentially privileged material.
The exhibits cover 520 pages of documents the team determined were largely government documents, as well as those it determined were personal property that should be returned to Trump, or were private matters covered by secrecy. lawyer professional. The screening team is made up of lawyers not assigned to the case who review the files before handing them over to the investigators.
Among the slice of documents at Trump’s home were communications about obtaining clemency for Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois whose sentence was commuted by Trump after he was found guilty of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by former President Obama.
He also had “internal forgiveness packages[s]”, or leniency requests, for people listed only as RN, IR, JC and MB.
Those documents also included 35 pages of “The President’s Calls,” the memo noting one from “Rudy,” which may be from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, “which does not appear, on the face of it, to be related to legal advice.”
Other items included records labeled NARA, an abbreviation for the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as a draft immigration policy.
The documents also included printed emails, including an email from the National Security Council regarding the release of John Walker Lindh, an American who pleaded guilty to charges related to Taliban support, and an email from the Air Force Academy head baseball coach at the White House.
“As such, virtually none of these records appear to be attorney-client privileged communication or protected under the attorney’s work product doctrine,” the Justice Department wrote, determining that these records should be handed over to investigators.
The 383 pages of documents the screening team determined should be returned to Trump include a number of documents related to his taxes, as well as an invoice for legal work and other documents related to Trump’s legal affairs.
Also among the documents are two medical records, including the letter released publicly by Trump’s doctor during the 2016 campaign, and an explanation of the benefits of the insurance plan. Federal District Court Judge Aileen Cannon determined in part that a special master was needed because of medical records.
The legal documents include a file related to his lawsuit with his niece Mary Trump, and another related to an attorney’s support in his dealings with E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexually assaulting her. The installment also includes documents related to his Georgia election-related lawsuits and numerous other bills and agreements to retain counsel.
One of the bills on the list was accompanied by two post-it notes that read, “Have you agreed to pay this bill?” Work before he became a WH lawyer” and another reading “No”. The bill comes from Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner, where White House attorney Pat Cipollone previously worked.
Other records include numerous nondisclosure agreements, as well as Trump’s resignation letter from the Screen Actors Guild, which sought to expel him after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
The 520 pages of documents covered by the filing are just a fraction of the 200,000 pages recovered during the Mar-a-Lago search.
The Justice Department won a legal victory from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to divert 100 classified records from review, though its broader battle to challenge the special master is still ongoing.