No vendors want to work with Trump to digitize Mar-a-Lago Docs

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  • The special champion will have to wait a little longer to get his hands on files hauled to Mar-a-Lago.
  • None of the five vendors the DOJ suggested scanning documents wanted to work with Trump, after a new application.
  • The DOJ asked for one more day to select someone to digitize 11,000 files for the special master.

A special master to review tens of thousands of documents in the Justice Department’s investigation into Donald Trump may have to wait a little longer as more middlemen have blown Trump off.

According to new court documents filed on Tuesday, The DOJ is asking Special Master Raymond Dearie for an extra day to turn over unclassified documents in the investigation. Federal prosecutors said they needed until September 28 because none of the five vendors they proposed to digitize the cache of documents “were willing to be engaged by the plaintiff.”

“Plaintiff informed us this morning that none of the five document review vendors proposed by the government prior to last Tuesday’s initial conference were willing to be engaged by Plaintiff,” DOJ attorneys said in a filing Tuesday. “To avoid further delays in the vendor’s scanning and processing of the seized materials (defined to exclude “classified documents”), the government issued a request for a task order this afternoon with a deadline of tomorrow (Wednesday, September 28, 2022) ) at noon.”

Prosecutors said they would be willing to engage the vendors, adding, “the government is very confident that at least one vendor will respond.”

They also said that Trump should be expected to pay for the process and that they estimated that between the selection of a vendor and the scanning of the files, the transaction could be completed by October 7.

Recently, Dearie has appointed an assistant who Trump wants to pay $500 an hour and has asked the Trump team to produce evidence that the FBI planted evidence during their search of Mar-a-Lago, as Trump has claimed. In its latest filing, the DOJ also called on Trump’s team to submit an inventory list of the materials the FBI seized.

“The special master must know that he is reviewing all the material seized from Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022 — and no additional materials — before categorizing the seized documents and deciding privilege claims,” ​​prosecutors said.

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