Judge Likely to Grant Trump Special Master Request for Mar-a-Lago Docs
- Trump filed a lawsuit asking a court-appointed outsider to review Mar-a-Lago documents.
- A judge on Saturday said she was inclined to grant the request.
- The lawsuit also accuses the Justice Department of treating Trump unfairly.
On Saturday, a judge said she may grant former President Donald Trump’s request to have court-appointed outsiders review documents seized by the Justice Department at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.
in short OrderU.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon wrote that she “preliminarily intended to appoint a special master in this case,” adding that it should not be misinterpreted as her final decision.
Cannon, a Trump appointee, ordered the Justice Department to provide a “more detailed” list of items recovered from Trump’s Florida residence during the search, as well as information about the current status of material reviews, including ” Filter Review” teams that review documents protected by attorney-client privilege.
Cannon also asked the Trump team to respond to the Justice Department’s new detailed list of seized materials and asked both sides to explain their expectations for the role of the special guru in the case. She has scheduled a hearing for Thursday.
Trump submitted a litigation The court on Monday was asked to prevent the Justice Department from reviewing the documents and to appoint a special director to “protect the integrity of privileged documents,” or to filter out documents protected by executive privilege.
The lawsuit also accuses the Justice Department of treating him unfairly, allegations the judge did not address in Saturday’s order.
During the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, the FBI seized boxes of material, some of which were highly classified, according to court records. The Justice Department is investigating potential violations related to the processing of government documents.