Judge Signals Intent to Back Trump’s Request for Mar-a-Lago Special Master
Judge Signals Intent to Back Trump’s Request for Mar-a-Lago Special Master

By Eva Fu and Roman Balmakov

A federal judge on Aug. 27 announced a preliminary intent to appoint a neutral third party to review documents the FBI seized in a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, citing “exceptional circumstances.”

The order was a response to a request from Trump’s legal team filed days earlier, seeking to have a “special master”—usually a retired lawyer or judge—independently examine the records and filter out privileged information before the government can review them.

Aileen M. Cannon, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida, said that she decided to give Trump a chance to make his case after reviewing Trump’s submissions and the “exceptional circumstances presented.”

“Pursuant to Rule 53(b) (1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case,” Cannon, a Trump appointee, wrote in a Saturday afternoon filing.

The FBI agents during the raid took more than two dozen boxes and 11 sets of documents with various levels of classified markings, according to a property receipt unsealed on Aug. 12. Most items have generic descriptions, such as “Box labeled A-1” and “Miscellaneous Secret Document.”

Cannon’s two-page order came a day after Trump’s lawyers filed another motion renewing the plea for outside supervision of the Mar-a-Lago trove, after an affidavit justifying the FBI raid was made public in a heavily redacted form.

“The Redacted Affidavit underscores why this Motion should be granted, as it provides almost no information that would allow Movant to understand why the raid took place, or what was taken from his home,” Trump’s lawyers said in a filing to Cannon. “The few lines that are unredacted raise more questions than answers.”

Trump noted the judge’s move in a post on his social media platform Truth Social, saying that the FBI raid was politically motivated.

“Federal Judge in Florida just took over the Presidential Records Act case, including the unprecedented, unnecessary, and unannounced FBI/DOJ Raid (Break-In!) of my home, Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. “This assault was done for political purposes just prior to the Midterm Elections (and 2024, of course!). It is a disgrace to our now Third World Nation!”

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Aug. 9, 2022, the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home in Florida. (David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Reuters)

A hearing will take place on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. in West Palm Beach in Florida. The Justice Department has until Aug. 30 to file a response to Trump’s request. Cannon also directed the Justice Department to provide a “more detailed” list of properties seized from Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 and the status of the government’s review of the items. This includes the use of a “filter team” to separate privileged materials and “any dissemination of materials beyond the privilege review team.”

Cannon has also asked both Trump and the Justice Department to describe their vision for the roles of a special master.

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