WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors urged a judge in a closed-door hearing Friday to hold Donald Trump’s legal team in contempt of court for failing to fully turn over all classified documents in the former president’s possession, a person familiar with the matter said.
Justice Department lawyers made the request of U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in recent days, amid an escalating battle with Trump’s lawyers over whether he has surrendered all the documents he took with him when he left the White House. Investigators issued a subpoena for the records in May, and in August, executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida believing he had not fully complied with the spring demand.
In recent weeks, Trump’s lawyers turned over two additional documents with classified markings after hiring a private firm to conduct a search of a storage facility not far from Mar-a-Lago as well as his other properties in New York and New Jersey.
The November search didn’t find any classified documents at the former president’s other properties, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. But the discovery of the two items contradicted a certification Trump’s lawyers made in June saying all of the remaining classified government documents in Trump’s possession had been turned over and contributed to mounting frustration of prosecutors.
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