DOJ says Trump must verify documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

The Justice Department urged a federal judge to force former President Donald Trump to confirm whether the FBI’s list of classified materials and other documents seized in the raid of his South Florida home is correct before an independent arbitrator decides whether any of the materials should be off-limits to federal prosecutors.

In a 20-page legal filing unsealed Monday, the Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon to compel Mr. Trump to file an affidavit detailing the materials seized during the FBI’s August raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

Lawyers for the government said the affidavit is critical to push back against unsupported claims by Mr. Trump that agents may have planted some of the documents with “classified” and “top secret” while they were searching his Palm Beach, Florida residence.