Trump-appointed judge grants ‘special master’ request, temporarily stalling criminal probe


Former president donald trumpThe request for a special master’s degree was granted by the judge on Monday, allowing a third party to examine the material seized during the FBI’s August 8 search.

According to the filing, Trump’s request was “granted in part.” Judge Cannon Aileen wrote: “The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a Special Master to examine seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.”

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In addition, the judge barred the Department of Justice from reviewing the documents as part of its investigation until the special prothonotary had completed his review: “The Court also temporarily prohibits the government from reviewing and to use the documents seized for investigative purposes pending the completion of the investigation. master’s special examination or other court order. » This move could potentially delay the DOJ’s criminal investigation into the former president.

However, the judge did not put an end to the examination of the classified documents by the Office of the Director of Intelligence.

This decision puts an end to a back and forth between Trump and justice in recent weeks. On August 22, Trump requested the appointment of a special master to oversee the examination of material seized during the search for Mar-a-Lago. The court ordered the former president’s team to expand on his claim and specify the relief he was seeking. Last Thursday, the judge indicated a “preliminary intentionto accede to the request of the former president.

The judge wrote in the filing that although the Court sided with the DOJ, that “there was no compelling display of callous disregard for the Plaintiff’s constitutional rights,” the Court also considered the personal material seized and the “unquantifiable potential harm through improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public” when making his decision. “Based on the applicant’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with entering the subject is unique,” she added.

Trump nominated Judge Cannon in 2020 before leaving office. The Justice Department and Trump’s legal team have until September 9 to submit a list of proposals for special masters candidates.


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