On Monday, a federal judge granted President Donald J. Trump a special master in response to his request for such a review.
The materials the FBI took from Donald Trump’s Florida family residence will be examined by the special master. By stopping the DOJ from using the things for “investigative purposes,” Cannon also accomplished something that will drive the administrative state insane, but she nevertheless permitted the Director of National Intelligence to carry on with their work.
Ashley Oliver for Breitbart News stated, “Judge Suspends DOJ Investigation of Trump, Grants Special Master Request.”
The special master’s responsibility is to ascertain if any of the things are personal or fall under executive or attorney-client privilege.
Oliver reports that Cannon also decided that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence could continue its “classification review and/or intelligence assessment,” but that the DOJ must cease using Trump’s materials for “investigative purposes” while the special master performs its examination.
In accepting Trump’s motion, the court, according to Cannon, was “mindful of the need to ensure at least the appearance of fairness and integrity under the extraordinary circumstances presented.”
She continued by saying there was a chance the DOJ would release information that would be harmful to the former president.
According to Oliver’s story in Breitbart,
“In addition to being deprived of potentially significant personal documents, which alone creates a real harm, Plaintiff faces an unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” Cannon said.
About two weeks after the Mar-a-Lago raid, Trump’s attorneys submitted an application for the special master, portraying the raid as political rather than fair.
“Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes,” according to Trump’s move. “Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.”
Items confiscated included “various classified/TS/SCI documents,” a “leatherbound box of documents,” and “miscellaneous top secret documents,” according to a property receipt made public shortly after the Mar-a-Lago raid.
It was only a matter of time after Cannon had earlier stated her intention to do so that the special master’s approval was granted.
The judge also allowed both parties until September 9 to submit names for the special master’s role.
Trump’s call for a special master, according to media skeptics, would be “too late” because the DOJ already had the information for weeks. The court disagreed, but she made a point of pointing out that any claims relating to executive privilege or the Presidential Records Act would have to be made and argued in Washington, DC.
More information about the decision affecting the DOJ was revealed by The Daily Wire:
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon approved Trump’s request after the former president’s attorneys and a legal team from the Department of Justice (DOJ) met over the request in court last week.
On August 8, the FBI raided Trump’s residence in an unprecedented move that ignited a firestorm of controversy around the agency. Cannon said the case’s unusual nature partly contributed to her decision.
According to Cannon’s judgment, “Pursuant to the Court’s equitable jurisdiction and inherent supervisory authority, and mindful of the need to ensure at least the appearance of fairness and integrity under the extraordinary circumstances presented, Plaintiff’s Motion [ECF No. 1] is GRANTED IN PART.
The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Last week in court, the DOJ team argued against a special master, saying that the FBI’s privilege review team had already separated potentially protected materials from government documents. The DOJ also noted that a special master appointment at such a late stage in the audit would needlessly slow the bureau’s work. CONTINUE READING…