Lawyers have been instructed to identify those who searched Trump’s properties

By Kaitlan Collins | CNN

A federal judge has ordered former President Donald Trump’s attorneys to release the names of people hired to search four properties for documents late last year, a source familiar with the order told CNN.

The names were handed over Wednesday night, two sources told CNN.

Trump’s legal team hired two people to search Trump Tower in New York, the Bedminster Golf Club, a Florida office location and a Florida storage unit where two documents with secret markings were eventually found, CNN had previously reported.

The Justice Department removed 11 sets of classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence while executing a search warrant in August over possible espionage law violations and other crimes.

The four searches, overseen by Trump’s legal team, came amid ongoing concerns from the Justice Department that not all documents had been returned to the federal government.

At the time, Trump’s lawyers offered to let federal investigators observe the search of his Bedminster home, but the offer was turned down. Given the Justice Department’s response, Trump attorneys made no similar offer to search the other properties.

The New York Times first reported on the development.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. Lawyers have been instructed to identify those who searched Trump’s properties

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