A Florida federal judge is holding off on a request by attorneys for former President Donald Trump to have special master review material seized at Mar-a-Lago, saying they will issue a written order on the matter.
Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon announced how she would settle the matter after Justice Department lawyers took on Trump’s newly formed legal team Thursday in a bitter legal battle following the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago.
The in-person hearing came after a week of paper filing dueling.
In the courtroom, the judge does not have appear deviate from their initial stance to support some sort of review team, as requested by Trump.
Justice Department attorneys tore down that motion, but argued that if they let it, the judge should at least set parameters that would limit the special master’s authority.
They also sought to limit the review to matters of attorney-client privilege, not Trump’s claims to executive privilege. The government argues that the privilege belongs to the US government – which wants access to the documents.
The judge also held off on deciding to unseal a more detailed inventory of what had been seized during the FBI search after Trump’s attorneys requested additional information but didn’t push to unseal it Thursday.
The Justice Department filed a 36-page document this week in response to Trump’s own push for a “special master” to comb through data seized by FBI agents from the president’s home at his private club in Florida.
The lawyers took the opportunity to divulge even more damaging information about the search – giving Trump and even some of his lawyers a new level of legal exposure.
That filing revealed the government had found more than 100 classified documents, including ones in a storage area in Mar-a-Lago as well as a desk in Trump’s “45 Office” at the club.
Jim Trusty (L) and Lindsey Halligan (R), part of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team, arrive at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse on September 1, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump’s team is seeking a special master to review documents seized by the FBI
Materials in an office desk were even uncovered there. It all happened after Trump’s lawyers signed a document claiming a “diligent search” had been conducted.
Trump’s team responded Wednesday night with a lawsuit of their own against what they called an “unprecedented, unnecessary and legally unsupported raid on a president’s home.”
Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon chaired the hearing following her earlier “tentative” decision
But in one part they acknowledged that Trump possessed the documents in question, and in another they agreed that a special master should have top secret/SCI security clearance — essentially suggesting that some of the material was rigorous is secret.
US District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a Senate-confirmed Trump nominee in 2020, signaled her “tentative” decision Saturday to grant the Trump team’s request for a special master’s degree.
The neutral party searched documents seized by the FBI looking for privileged material. The DOJ says an attorney-client privilege review has been completed and that there is no precedent for anyone looking for potential executive privilege material.
Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse on September 1, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida
Former President Trump’s attorneys were back in court Thursday
The Justice Department released a chilling legal filing Tuesday night that included a photo of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago. At right is a framed cover of Time magazine. After initially suggesting information was planted, Trump and his allies said the picture was arranged to make him look like a slob
Former President Donald Trump has hired Chris Kise, a former Florida Attorney General, to join his legal team
“Left unchecked, the DOJ will contest, leak and release select aspects of their investigations without resorting to Movant but somehow trusting in the self-restraint of the currently unvetted investigators,” Trump’s attorneys wrote as they pressed for the special master.
Trump hired Chris Kise, a former Florida Attorney General, to join his legal team after reports that attorney Christina Bobb was identified by the New York Times as signing a “diligent search” document.
“Based on the information provided to me, I am authorized to certify on behalf of the Office of Donald J. Trump that: a. The boxes brought to Florida from the White House were carefully searched,” the statement said.
Bobb was not in the courtroom on Thursday.
Trump attorneys Jim Trusty and Lindsey Halligan were spotted entering the courthouse.
After Trump and his allies initially hinted that government-seized information was being planted, Trump and his allies said the image the DOJ released in its latest filing was framed to look like a slob who abused national security information.
“A lot of people think when you walk into my office that I have confidential documents or whatever – all declassified – but I had confidential documents scattered all over my floor. Like a slob,” Trump said Thursday morning the John Fredericks Radio Show. “Like I would sit there all day reading these documents or someone else would.”
Notably, in that statement, Trump did not deny possession of the material.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11170333/Judge-does-NOT-issue-ruling-Trumps-bid-special-master-review-documents.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The judge is NOT issuing a ruling on Trump’s offer to have special master review documents