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U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon has granted former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago last month, confirming that federal prosecutors have confirmed government secrets. has temporarily suspended the use of those documents in investigations of obstruction and mishandling of .
The decision was expected. Last weekend, a judge said he tended to grant Trump’s request, and a hearing on the issue took place last Thursday. He indicated that there was a high possibility of appealing the judgment.
Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, said in Monday’s order that he cited the need to ensure “the appearance of fairness and integrity under the extraordinary circumstances presented.”
A special master is an independent third party, usually an attorney, appointed by a judge who may be protected from investigation by attorney-client privilege or, as Trump has argued, executive privilege. Examine the confiscated materials to look for something.
The judge also ordered the government to stop reviewing or using materials for criminal investigations until a special master review was completed, but Mr Cannon said intelligence agencies could not use sensitive materials stored outside. It said it may continue its review to determine potential national security risks from the United States. of secure government facilities.
Canon has set a deadline for Friday. On September 9, the parties were requested to jointly submit a list of candidates to be appointed Special Masters, detailed proposals for establishing the duties and limitations of Special Masters, and a schedule for review and compensation. I was.
A legal expert told NPR that calling for a special master is another attempt by Trump to undermine the work of the Justice Department and question their integrity. argues that it is just another procedural loophole the department must go through during its investigation of the documents.
On Friday, Cannon released a list of items the FBI seized last month from the home of former President Mar Arago during a court-authorized raid.
Earlier documents filed in court by the Justice Department revealed that Trump held several classified documents in Mar-a-Lago, and the Justice Department said Trump and his team were one of the documents authorities. I questioned whether I was trying to obstruct justice by hiding or removing the Department.
Trump’s attorneys downplayed the Justice Department’s concerns about classified materials found at Mar-a-Lago, saying in Wednesday’s filing that there was “no reason to be alarmed.”