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Mar-a-Lago smoking gun footage may mean DOJ may not have recovered all the classified material: legal experts

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Donald Trump’s legal predicament may have worsened, legal experts said, after a bombshell report published Saturday evening by The New York Times.

“The Justice Department also subpoenaed surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago recorded over a 60-day period, including views from outside the storage room. According to a person briefed on the matter, the footage showed that, after one instance in which Justice Department officials were in contact with Mr. Trump’s team, boxes were moved in and out of the room,” Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush reported. “That activity prompted concern among investigators about the handling of the material. It is not clear when precisely the footage was from during the lengthy back-and-forth between Justice Department officials and Mr. Trump’s advisers, or whether the subpoena to Mr. Trump seeking additional documents had already been issued.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti noted the story and tweeted, “It sounds like DOJ has reason to be concerned that it *still* may not have recovered all of the classified material taken by Trump.”

Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks said, “obviously that raises many questions since it was false. If true, FBI couldn’t have left with 21 more boxes in August.”

Law Prof. Rick Hasen wrote, “Do any of us doubt that someone besides Trump or someone in Trump’s orbit who lied about possessing such documents and didn’t give them back would already be held in custody pending further proceedings?”

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