A federal court in Florida said on Thursday it would issue a ruling at an unspecified future time on the request, which has significantly upped the ante in the case, prompting a searing response by the Justice Department.
And the claim of obstructing the FBI search heaps further legal pressure on the former president, who denies all wrongdoing.
‘Overdue library book’
Prosecutors say, however, that investigators have already finished sifting through the records and identified “a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information,” according to The Guardian newspaper.
The Justice Department “gratuitously” made public information including a photograph of classified documents seized from the residence, the former president’s lawyers argue.