Despite the best efforts of America’s dirtiest Attorney General Merrick Garland, a Trump-appointed US District Judge Aileen Cannon has granted President Trump’s request to appoint a special master to review the documents seized in last month’s DOJ-directed raid by the FBI of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Judge Cannon has ordered the FBI to stop pouring through the documents until a special master has been appointed and can review them.
This is a huge win for President Trump and his legal team.
On multiple occasions, Trump’s claimed that he broadly declassified the documents before leaving the White House. In recent court appearances, President Trump’s lawyers have said that executive privilege rules entitle Trump to have possession of the documents after he left office.
New York Post reports – In her ruling, Cannon agreed to appoint a special master — an independent third party — to review the boxloads of personal items, documents, and material seized in the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s home that may potentially be subject to claims of attorney-client or executive privilege.
“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 wrote in her ruling.
She will, however, allow US intelligence officials to continue a classification review and national security risk assessment.
The judge gave Trump’s lawyers and the DOJ until Friday to file a proposed list of special master candidates.
Cannon had previously signaled her inclination to authorize the request, asking a DOJ lawyer during arguments last week, “Ultimately, what is the harm of appointing a special master?”
On August 12, Stuart Kaplan, an FBI agent, blew the lid off the Mar-a-Lago raid with Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, MAGA-radio host, regular Fox guest, and host of the Dan Bongino Show.