Mar-a-Lago probe: DOJ asks 11th Circuit to 'end' special master review of Trump records seized by FBI

Mar-a-Lago probe: DOJ asks 11th Circuit to ‘end’ special master review of Trump records seized by FBI

The Justice Department filed a motion requesting that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals “end” Special Master Raymond Dearie’s independent review of records seized by the FBI in its unprecedented raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the appointment of Dearie to review classified documents, personal documents and records containing attorney-client privilege, and executive privilege seized by the FBI from Trump’s private residence in Palm Beach, Fla. in August.

The Justice Department challenged that order at the 11th Circuit, though, arguing that the DOJ should be able to continue its review of the approximately 100 documents bearing classification markings seized during the raid.

MAR-A-LAGO PROBE: SUPREME COURT DENIES TRUMP APPEAL FOR SPECIAL MASTER TO REVIEW CLASSIFIED RECORDS

The 11th Circuit ruled in favor of the Justice Department and limited Dearie’s review to only non-classified records for attorney-client and executive privilege, while the DOJ continue its review of classified records.

Former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 
(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Trump has denied that any of the materials in his possession at Mar-a-Lago were classified.

APPEALS COURT WILL EXPEDITE REVIEW OF SPECIAL MASTER APPOINTMENT IN TRUMP DOCUMENTS CASE

But on Friday, the Justice Department challenged the appointment of Dearie altogether, arguing that Trump has not “asserted a claim of personal attorney-client privilege that would justify the district court’s order.”

The DOJ argued that Trump has “no plausible claim of such a privilege with respect to the records bearing classification markings or any other government documents related to his official duties,” while adding that neither Trump nor Cannon “demonstrated why the filter procedures” at the Justice Department “were insufficient to protect any potential claims of personal privilege with respect to any remaining documents.” 

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 11: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland explains to reporters that he will not take questions after he delivered a statement at the U.S. Department of Justice August 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 11: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland explains to reporters that he will not take questions after he delivered a statement at the U.S. Department of Justice August 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“The Court should therefore reverse the district court’s injunction and end the special master’s review,” the Justice Department argued.

Trump’s legal team will now be required to respond in writing with their own brief by Nov. 10. The Justice Department can then submit its final reply by Nov. 17.

JUDGE OVERRULES SPECIAL MASTER ORDER FOR TRUMP TO GIVE ‘FINAL’ OBJECTIONS ON FBI SEARCH INVENTORY

The 11th Circuit Appeals panel has not yet been assigned, and an argument date has not yet been scheduled. The court, however, has agreed to expedite the matter.

Earlier this month, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals released an order Wednesday saying that the matter will be reviewed on the merits sometime after Nov. 17.

Former President Donald Trump in New York City following the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago home. 

Former President Donald Trump in New York City following the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago home. 
(Felipe Ramales / Fox News Digital)

Trump had asked the Supreme Court to intervene, requesting that Justice Clarence Thomas, who has jurisdiction over the 11th Circuit, reverse the court’s ruling that allowed the Justice Department to continue its review of classified documents seized by the FBI, and instead direct Dearie to review those records.

SPECIAL MASTER TAPS RETIRED JUDGE WITH ‘TOP SECRET’ CLEARANCE TO AID IN REVIEW OF SEIZED MAR-A-LAGO RECORDS

The Supreme Court this week, though, denied Trump’s motion.

In a brief order, the Supreme Court ruled: “The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on September 21, 2022, presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied.”

Ex-CIA director and an MSNBC contributor suggest the execution of Former President Donald Trump after Washington Post claim that the FBI raid sought out "nuclear" documents. 

Ex-CIA director and an MSNBC contributor suggest the execution of Former President Donald Trump after Washington Post claim that the FBI raid sought out “nuclear” documents. 
(Getty Images)

Dearie was tasked with reviewing approximately 11,000 records seized by the FBI during its raid of Trump’s private residence. The special master and his team were to review those records for executive privilege, attorney-client privilege and for personal records.

Dearie’s deadline to review the documents was extended to Dec. 16. The original deadline was Nov. 30.

Fox News’ Bill Mears, Jake Gibson and David Spunt contributed to this report. 

Source link

About milonshil

Check Also

FLASHBACK: Biden joined ACLU prisoner release pledge, said he would release 'more than' half of inmates

FLASHBACK: Biden joined ACLU prisoner release pledge, said he would release ‘more than’ half of inmates

President Biden joined the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) pledge to release half of the …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

//thefacux.com/4/4419824