BUT special master for documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago could complicate matters


Statement by a federal judge that she is ready to nominate special master review materials captured in Mar-a-Lago by federal agents may present new complexities and unresolved legal issues in federal government high stakes quest wrest control of documents from former President Donald Trump.

US District Judge Eileen M. Cannon’s Two-Page Order Issued on Saturday was different in that the judge had not yet heard the arguments of the Ministry of Justice, said former federal prosecutors and legal analysts on Sunday.

Cannon, 41, whom Trump named to bench in Southern District of Florida in 2020, yes also federal officials given until Tuesday to give the court with a more detailed list of items the FBI had removed from the Trump estate in Florida on 8 August.

She asked government to give status report of your own review of in materials as well as set court hearing on thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida. location located about an hour from the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida, where she usually hears cases.

Yet her reign left dont clear how a special the master will work and who power qualify take on such role in secret case national safety secrets.

“It must be someone with experience and experience in secret and national defense information. Those people don’t grow on trees,” said Stanley M. Brand, defense advocate who focuses on representation of clients involved in government investigation. “They either former-something in in government or lawyers with a lot of of experience in these questions. But it will be an argument. issue also. One time again we on the border”.

Legal experts said that the very points that Cannon asked of Department of Justice ahead of hearing can give need for a special Master Moot by the time the parties appear before the judge. For example, federal prosecutors may indicate that government review nearly complete. And it can provide such specific account of taken documents so that the judge herself can assess whether they belong government.

“There is already was team revisiting it for for almost three weeks now. You’re not collecting this stuff just to leave it there and not start. there is public pressure on them,” said Mary McCord. who acted as Assistant Attorney general for national security under the Obama administration.

government could tell that it’s far away in it’s a reviewshe’s addedrating special master too late.

“Then you can’t put milk back in bottle,” McCord said. “Emphatically she didn’t tell them to stop so they could keep going until she made a decision.”

official inventory of said authorities removed more than two dozen boxes of materials when searching, including 11 sets of secret documents, some of which have been marked at the top secret.

Trump secret papers and “myth” of presidential security clearance

Cannon listens place regardless of proceedings over permission of search warrant signed by U.S. District Judge Bruce E. Reinhart.

August 22 legal team made a special request for court appoint special master in a separate place than Reinhart’s. His lawyers argued that the appointee should sift through material The FBI took over set besides that should be protected from government review because of executive privilege.

Analysts emphasized that such a figure is potentially a retired judge or lawyer with concrete experience on executive privilege – the task will not be given with definition of legitimacy of FBI search of Mar-a-Lago on August 8 or merit of search warrant statement redacted version of which was released on Friday on Reinhart’s orders.

Redacted Mar-a-Lago affidavit released

But Brand stressed that the presence of a special the master could complicate matters if this man encountered with own “filter” of the Ministry of Justice team— also called “corruption” team” officials not connected with the primary investigation who tasked with ensure that investigators do not see information to which they are not entitled, and that can mess things up.

“Question for me: what if special the master takes a different position than the corrupted one team? How is it solved? Brand said. He also interrogated how court battle may continue, given that the two judges, Reinhart and Cannon, now have jurisdiction over various aspects of FBI search.

Such uncertainty, according to Brand, could work in Trump’s goodwill, “because to the extent that it gets caught up in the judicial confusion, like so much else that is going on around him, is to his advantage.”

fight over documents were in progress for months. Trump aides handed over some documents to the National Archives and Records Administration in January. But the federal authorities, having established that 184 of were classified, was alarmed that former the president was hiding more sensitive materials it could jeopardize national security if they fall into wrong Arms.

Trump and his advisers defended their actions, saying he had a permanent declassification order. for documents brought to his home, although there is no written record of such a directive and some former Trump aides dispute the idea.

a gun, who earned received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and graduated from the university of Michigan Law School, served as Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2013 to 2020. in Southern District of Florida. She worked as a clerk for Judge Stephen M. Colloton, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to the US court of Appeals for 8th circuit.

Former Department of Justice official Andrew Weismann, who served senior prosecutor in Robert S. Muller III special counsel investigation, said it was not clear this cannon court should retain jurisdiction in the point is that the documents in The issue has been returned to the National Archives. in Washington and no more in south Florida.

He said that for now special masters were appointed in civil cases to review questions of attorney-client privilege, that’s practically unheard of of for such a figure should be asked to evaluate the executive’s claims – especially since Trump is no longer president and appears to have no status for such a claim.

“The Ministry of Justice has many of work do in terms of parameter out No just special position on a special Master but clarifying [Cannon] on questions about attorney-client privilege and executive privilege,” Weissmann said.

However, according to him, Trump team, in looking for special master in 27 page lawsuit last week, opened the door for Ministry of Justice prosecutors to address, in public not only legal arguments put forward former president, but also actual inaccuracies.

The Ministry of Justice generally refrained from commenting. on current investigations. But Attorney General Merrick Garland held news conference after the FBI raid to confirm that he authorized the operation and to protect the federal agents in in face of hostile criticism and physical threats from some of Allies and supporters of Trump.

“This is not the kind of situation where you need to worry about how a lot to push the envelope in news conferences,” Weismann said. “This is a lawsuit, and the court directly call for response to the application.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (right) and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (right) on August 28 reacted to edits in search statement former President Trump home. (Video: Washington Post)

fight over the documents added another flare to the national political debate, with less than 75 days before the 2022 midterm elections.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu who was an active critic of Trump, and the rumored 2024 Republican presidential nominee, have speculated without evidence that the timing of searches in Mar-a-Lago were aimed at help democrats in midterm elections.

“Former President Trump was out of office for going on two years now,” Sununu said. on CNN “State of Union.” “We think it’s a coincidence, just takes place a few months before the midterm elections?”

On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) who publicly challenged Trump and many of Republican Party for yo, said it was hypocrisy for members of his party protect former president after some of they “spent years chanting ‘lock it up to Hillary Clinton’ because of a few letters”.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, Kinzinger pointed out out that legislators would never be allowed to classify information out of specialized, safe government objects where they are normally viewed.

“If there is of us walked out intentionally with even one document … and our organization came to us and said that you should give this document back and we refused to do it for years, we would in real trouble,” Kinzinger said.


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