Judge sides with Trump lawyers, rejecting some special master requirements in document case

Federal Judge Eileen Cannon disagreed with the special master she appointed, ruling that former President Donald Trump’s legal team needed to comply with some of Trump’s demands in setting up its review of documents seized by the FBI from the former president. is not needed. Florida residence in August.

The special master, or independent arbitrator, Judge Raymond Deary, established a plan earlier this month that would require Trump’s lawyers to list any items seized from Mar-a-Lago in a search by the Justice Department. The objection would also need to be disclosed. FBI in August

His order would require Trump’s lawyers to be specific about the charges leveled against the FBI, requiring them to submit a list of items that “[Trump] The allegation was not seized from the premises on August 8, 2022″—a possible reference to Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI had placed evidence at his Florida residence when they discovered it on Aug. 8.

Four days after the search, Trump complained on Truth Social that investigators prevented his lawyers from supervising the search, “letting them wait outside in the heat, not even letting them come near,” and that “somebody Also planting information?”

Diary also asked for a list of inventory items that Trump confiscated, but the description of the contents or where they were found is “incorrect.” And he wanted a list of documents that the Trump team said had been taken by the FBI but were not listed in the detailed asset list.

Trump’s lawyers objected to these demands, both arguing that they went beyond the scope of Cannon’s appointment of a special master, citing his inability to access the documents as they are now in the possession of the government.

Cannon, who appointed Dearie to special master on his recommendation of Trump, eventually sided with the former president’s legal team on Dearie, partially bypassing the independent arbitrator’s decision. “There will be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to review of any confiscated material, to file prior final objections to the defendant’s list, its description, or the accuracy of its contents,” it wrote in its ruling Thursday. . “That liability was not contemplated in the appointment order of the court.”

He also ordered the extension of the Special Master’s review process from 30 November to 16 December in response to the recent procedural delay.

The Justice Department has yet to respond to Canon’s order. It won a victory last week when a federal appeals court granted its request to allow government investigators to gain access to nearly 100 documents containing classification marks seized by the FBI during its search at Mar-a-Lago. took.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit agreed to block the lower court order—a decision issued by Cannon—that allowed a subset of sensitive records to be used for investigative purposes for the Justice Department. Kept off-limits. , pending review of content by special master,

The panel said it agreed with the Justice Department that Canon’s court was at fault in preventing investigators’ use of classified records and then requiring them to submit sensitive documents to an external arbitrator for review.

“For our part, we cannot understand why [Trump] Judges Robin Rosenbaum, Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher said “any one of a hundred documents with classification markings would have a personal interest or need.” “Classified documents are marked to show that they are classified, for example, with their classification level.”

So far, Trump has not indicated that he intends to appeal that decision.

Robert Legare, Melissa Quinn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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