Florida Judge Aileen Cannon declined to issue a ruling after hearing arguments from Donald Trump and the Department of Justice regarding whether a special master should be appointed to independently review the documents recovers in the FBI’s August 8 raid of Mar-a-Lago.
Judge Cannon said a written ruling will come “in due course.”
On Sunday, Judge Cannon said she was inclined to grant Trump’s request for a special master to independently review the seized materials due to the “exceptional circumstances presented” by the events at Mar-a-Lago.
Cannon’s remarks triggered a harsh response from the Department of Justice in a Wednesday filing. In the filing, the DOJ picked apart Trump’s request a special master be appointed, calling the move “unnecessary” and even released photos of the recovered documents. (RELATED: Justice Department Responds to Trump’s Special Master Request)
“Furthermore, appointment of a special master would impede the government’s ongoing criminal investigation and—if the special master were tasked with reviewing classified documents—would impede the Intelligence Community from conducting its ongoing review of the national security risk that improper storage of these highly sensitive materials may have caused and from identifying measures to rectify or mitigate any damage that improper storage caused,” the filing said. “Lastly, this case does not involve any of the types of circumstances that have warranted appointment of a special master to review materials potentially subject to attorney-client privilege.”
The DOJ also criticized Trump’s claim that the seized materials were protected by executive privilege.
“The former President cites no case—and the government is aware of none—in which executive privilege has been successfully invoked to prohibit the sharing of documents within the Executive Branch,” it said.
Wednesday night, Trump’s legal team filed a last-minute response to the DOJ. Throughout the filing, Trump’s team argues the National Archives should have expected to find classified material among the documents Trump delivered in January from Mar-a-Lago because they were presidential records. This serves as a definite acknowledgment from Trump that he was in possession of classified material and also torpedoed his previous argument he “declassified everything.”
Read the late-night filing from Trump below.
2 rig hearing against Trump??
Of course they did! A Special Master is needed, because the DOJ/FBI has already PROVEN they are EXTREMELY biased against Pres. Trump and CANNOT be trusted to deal fairly with him.
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Everything Trump has in his possession was automatically declassified. It doesn’t matter if classification markings remained.
Moreover, those “classified” documents are actually UNCLASSIFIED COVER SHEETS that are used to cover classified documents. They don’t prove that the documents on the floor are actually classified, and the fact that they are all upright for viewing show the import that the documents were NOT found on the floor, but were laid there as bait for the public.
To Madeline Jackson regarding the following: “a definite acknowledgment from Trump that he was in possession of classified material and also torpedoed his previous argument he “declassified everything.”
This is merely indicating that some material was once classified but is no longer. De-Classifying does not remove the old markings.
Judge Cannon’s failure to announce a ruling one way or another is an act of negligence and judicial misfeasance.
One sympathizes on a personal level since now her family gets to live.
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