Judge Delayed Ruling on Trump’s Request
Former president Donald Trump asked a federal judge to appoint a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI during their search of Mar-a-Lago in early August, Notting the matter isn’t yet ruled by the judge
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After hearing Trump’s request, Judge Aileen M. Cannon stated that a written ruling would be issued in due time. Donald Trump’s attorney, Jim Trusty, testified during the hearing that the FBI could have taken an overdue library book and it would have suddenly turned into a criminal investigation if it had any connection to the president.
Jay Bratt, an attorney for the Department of Justice, argued that Trump does not enjoy the same legal protections with regard to classified documents that he did while in office. Bratt said, in reference to the documents the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago, that He is no longer the president, and because he is not… he was unlawfully in possession of them.
Reports indicate that Judge Cannon occasionally exhibited skepticism toward the DOJ’s arguments. The judge asked, What would the harm of appointing a special master during the proceedings? In addition to the broad worry that it might stall a criminal inquiry, what specific harm have you articulated?
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She also suggested pausing the criminal inquiry temporarily so that a special master may assess the documents while the director of national intelligence continued his review. Fox News said that during the hearing, Trump’s team and the DOJ disputed the seriousness of national security materials being housed at Mar-a-Lago.
Let’s take a moment to relax. An attorney representing Trump Christopher Kise said that These are presidential records in the hands of the 45th president at a site that was utilized regularly for work during his term.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an opposition to Trump’s request for a special master to analyze the seized records for possible attorney-client protected and executive privileged information. In its petition, the DOJ attached a photograph purportedly showing top secret documents strewn across the floor of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago during the raid on August 8.
The Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee claimed, That TIME Magazine’s cover constituted a significant threat to national security. Regarding Trump’s request for a special master, the Department of Justice wrote to Judge Cannon.
The Department of Justice argued that appointing a special master an impartial attorney appointed by the court to handle a specific aspect of the case would jeopardize national security. In a court brief, the Department of Justice contended that Trump does not have the authority to appoint a special master. The CIA cautioned that the appointment of such a watchdog might compromise national security, according to CNBC. The Department of Justice also claimed to have proof that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach was used to hide evidence from the federal inquiry by removing documents from a storage room.
Before a court-appointed special master could examine the materials seized in the raid, Trump filed suit to prevent a further investigation by the Justice Department. The outlet has explained that it’s done when there’s a potential that some evidence should be kept from prosecutors due to various legal rights.
The Department of Justice argued in a letter to Judge Cannon that as an initial matter, the former President lacks standing to seek judicial remedy or oversight as to Presidential records Knowing that those documents didn’t belong to him.
In a court brief submitted on Tuesday, the DOJ stated that the FBI had uncovered various sources of evidence indicating… that classified papers remained” at Mar-a-Lago.
The motion from the Justice Department comes days after Judge Cannon revealed her preliminary plan to appoint a special master to evaluate materials the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago at Trump’s request. According to Fox News, Cannon explained that the decision was taken after hearing from the former president’s lawyers and considering the unique circumstances presented.
U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart, who signed off on the FBI’s search warrant, acknowledged this week that the agency’s raid on Mar-a-Lago was unusual, despite the department’s attempts to have it overturned.