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The former president claimed without evidence that the FBI may have hidden documents during the search for Mar-a-Lago last month.

The U.S. judge tasked with checking documents seized from Donald Trump’s Florida home last month ordered the former U.S. president’s legal team to provide evidence supporting Trump’s baseless claims that some of the files were planted by the FBI.

In a legal filing Thursday, Raymond Dearie asked the Justice Department to certify by Monday a detailed inventory of the documents that were seized during the FBI’s August 8 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

He then asked Trump’s lawyers to submit by September 30 a list of specific items they believe “were not seized from the premises” during the search, as well as to submit any corrections to the US government property list.

“This request will be from the actor [Trump’s] the last opportunity to raise any factual dispute over the completeness and accuracy of the detailed property inventory, ”wrote Dearie.

Dearie was appointed this month to serve as a neutral third party, known as a special master, to check documents seized during the FBI’s search for any material covered by executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed by Trump, had agreed to the former president’s team’s request to freeze the government’s review of files until a special master was appointed.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into Trump’s possible mishandling of classified material in an unprecedented criminal investigation targeting a former president.

The search warrant for Mar-a-Lago stated that federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one regulating the collection, transmission, or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act.

An unsealed property receipt also showed that the FBI seized 11 sets of confidential documents, some of which were marked not only as top secret but also as “compartmentalized sensitive information.”

Trump’s legal team criticized the investigation as “misleading,” saying US law grants presidents “extraordinary discretion” to label their administration documents as presidential or personal.

The former president’s legal team also questioned whether the documents marked as “classified” recovered from Mar-a-Lago were actually secret files, suggesting that Trump may have declassified them before leaving office.

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump suggested the FBI may have hidden documents during the search.

“The problem you have is that they go into the rooms, they don’t let anyone come near; they wouldn’t even leave them in the same building. Did they leave anything in those files? Or did they do it later? There is no chain of custody here with them, “she said.

Meanwhile, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday approved the Department of Justice’s request to lift Cannon’s suspension on his review of documents.

The ruling was a landslide victory for the government, paving the way for investigators to continue examining documents as they consider whether to file criminal charges against Trump.