Following a federal judge’s ruling Monday to appoint a “special master” to review materials seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, the Justice Department could appeal the ruling. High, so administrative privileges are expected to be an issue.
CNN’s John King told Inside Politics that Trump’s nominee Judge Eileen Cannon rejected a “narrow view” of the Justice Department’s executive privilege, adding: “In the Justice Department’s view, Donald Trump is no longer president and he has no executive privileges.“
He said the judge didn’t say “he definitely does,” instead leaving the role of executive privilege as an “unresolved issue.”
In the Special Master’s argument, the judge’s ruling states: “As plaintiffs made it clear at the hearing, the investigation and treatment of former presidents is a unique concern to the general public and a national concern.” promotes interest and awareness of equity.”
Former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rogers told King.
“We have never had a case where irreparable damage was found to be under criminal investigation. The harm to me is that I still say this was the wrong decision legally,” she said of the Special Master.
“On the one hand, I think it’s very unusual and the idea that they’re allowing it because she’s a former president is kind of good news for the Justice Department,” Rogers said. One of the problems was, “Wait a minute, you searched for mine. It’s not my attorney’s office, and I have no reason to believe that many privileges apply. A precedent for other defendants to say, “I want a master.” I think that part is good. ”
Rodgers explained that there is a silver lining. Executive privilege, on the other hand, is only relevant if the document is produced in the executive branch, in fact the White House, and many of these documents end up being produced elsewhere.”
“So there are delays and delays in things, which is bad for the Department of Justice and its litigation, but at the end of the day, I don’t think there’s a lot of special documents being taken out by the Master.” added.
CNN’s Evan Perez said: John, and certainly not sure if this has to go to the Supreme Court before we can move on.