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Judge refuses to hold Trump in defiance of Mar-A-Lago documents: Reports

A federal judge has reportedly refused to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt of court for failing to ensure he returned all classified documents he took from the White House, according to CNN and several other news outlets.

Several of Trump’s lawyers spent about 90 minutes in Chief Justice Beryl Howell’s chambers during a closed hearing Friday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Instead of punishing the former president, Howell reportedly encouraged the Justice Department to work with Trump’s team to fix the problem, as ABC News was first to report.

A major sticking point between the parties is the Trump side’s reluctance to officially declare in writing that all records have been turned over, multiple media outlets said.

Trump’s team says he is cooperating.

But the former president has reportedly frustrated Justice Department officials in the months since a group of FBI agents invaded his Mar-a-Lago golf resort, seizing presidential records from his only term that were supposed to be in the custody of the National Archives and Archives. Administration. The August search yielded more than 100 classified documents, along with thousands of other government records, according to court records.

The question of whether more documents are hidden around Trump’s Florida resort ― or elsewhere ― has lingered.

On Friday, Trump’s attorneys did not respond to questions from press the scene who noticed their presence at the courthouse. A coalition of media reportedly requested access to the meeting with Howell but were denied access.

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