Trump hires new defense attorney for criminal probe

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Former President Trump has hired former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise to join his legal team in his defense against a criminal investigation into documents seized by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago home, Fox News has learned from two springs.

A source confirmed that Kise began working for Trump on Tuesday and is expected to be in court Thursday in federal court in West Palm Beach.

Kise, a graduate of Florida State University College of Law, recently worked for the law firm Foley & Lardner. As Solicitor General, he successfully represented Florida in pleadings before the Supreme Court.

The hearing will focus on Trump’s request for a court-appointed special counsel to review the documents, which may contain material protected by solicitor-client privilege. The Justice Department, however, revealed in a court filing on Monday that its own privilege review team had already gone through the documents and found a “limited set” of documents they believed to be privileged.

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These documents would be set aside and kept away from the DOJ prosecution team. Documents not considered privileged would then be turned over to that team unless U.S. District Court Judge Aileen M. Cannon sets up a different arrangement with a special master, who would be an independent court-appointed person.

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Over the weekend, Cannon said she intended to have a special master. The judge also ordered the Justice Department to provide, under seal, a “more detailed property receipt detailing all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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