A U.S. judge on Saturday said it was her “preliminary intent” to grant former President Donald Trump’s request to appoint a special master to oversee a review of materials seized from his Florida home during an FBI raid on August 8th.
U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon also directed the Justice Department to submit under seal more details “specifying all property seized under the search warrant.”
Trump’s legal team demanded the Justice Department provide him a more detailed property receipt outlining items the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago home during their search and asked investigators to return any items outside the warrant’s scope.
Cannon gave the government until Tuesday to file a response to Trump’s request for a special master and set a hearing for Thursday.
Her order said she had not decided on Trump’s request.
A special master can be appointed in highly sensitive cases to review seized materials and ensure that investigators do not misappropriate privileged information.
The Justice Department on Friday claimed to be investigating Trump for removing White House records because it believed he illegally held documents, including some involving intelligence-gathering and confidential human sources.
In the affidavit, an unidentified FBI agent said the agency reviewed and identified 184 documents “bearing classification markings” containing “national defense information” after Trump in January returned 15 boxes of government records sought by the U.S. National Archives.
The FBI has been under tremendous scrutiny, especially considering the highly unusual steps taken in the matter.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Intelligence Officials Will Assess Security Risks From Mar-a-Lago Documents The New York Times
- Trump legal team says redacted affidavit raises ‘more questions than answers’ Fox News
- GOP lawmaker: I don’t think Mar-a-Lago documents were ‘unsecure’ CNN
- Opinion | The Trump affidavit shows the Mar-a-Lago search was hardly capricious The Washington Post
- The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago affidavit paints an unsettling portrait of Trump The Guardian