The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to hold Donald Trump’s office in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with a subpoena to return all confidential documents in its possession, it reported.
One of the key areas of disagreement involves the repeated refusal by Trump’s legal team to acknowledge that all materials have been returned to the federal government, the Washington Post report added on Thursday.
District Court Judge Beryl Howell has not yet held a hearing or ruled on the request, according to the newspaper.
The former president and his team say the request is unreasonable, while the Justice Department declined to comment on the report.
A Trump spokesman told Reuters that the former president’s lawyers “continue to cooperate and be transparent” describing the investigation as “a political witch hunt”.
An appeals court on Wednesday decided to end the use of a special third-party master’s degree to review documents in the investigation, a move that gives the Justice Department access to about 13,000 documents seized by the FBI at the Trump in Florida for his ongoing criminal trial probe.
“President Trump will continue to fight the arming of law enforcement and pursue appropriate legal avenues to obtain the items that were brazenly and illegally seized from his home during the Biden regime’s unconstitutional raid,” the spokesperson added. Trump.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the former president broke the law retaining government documents, some marked top secret, after he left office in January 2021.
Trump, who last month announced a third run for president in 2024, is facing multiple legal problems. His efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election continue to be investigated.
It also faces a state probe into a push to reverse its election defeat in Georgia, where a candidate Trump had strongly backed this week he failed to win a Senate seat for the Republicanshanding President Joe Biden a political victory.
Earlier this week, his real estate company was found guilty of operating a criminal plan for defrauding tax authorities for the past 15 years, although Mr. Trump has not been personally charged in the case.