Trump Special Master Investigation: DOJ, Trump Faces Court

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West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Justice Department and former President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in federal court Thursday afternoon over whether a judge should appoint a special master to review materials seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Club last month.

U.S. District Judge Eileen M. Canon signaled Over the weekend, he wanted to appoint a special officer but advised the government to present its case against naming one in a record ahead of the hearing.

Reporters are present at the trial, but court rules cannot send updates while it’s in progress.

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A Blistering response In response to Trump’s request late Tuesday, the Justice Department said a special master was unnecessary and justified the unprecedented FBI search of the former president’s home. The filing alleges Trump and his advisers repeatedly failed to turn over highly classified government documents after receiving a subpoena and promising to conduct a “diligent search.” August 8 test It found more than 100 additional classified items.

Trump’s team has accused the Justice Department of being politically motivated in its investigation into the mishandling of classified documents after the former president left the White House. Their legal records Arguing that the government took over It has no rights and a neutral outside expert can dissect the information and set aside anything that should be protected from government review because of the privilege.

“Three weeks after an unprecedented, unnecessary and legally unsupported search of the home of a president — and a candidate against the current chief executive in 2024,” Trump’s legal team filed Wednesday night, “the government … filed an extraordinary document with this court, the former president’s personal and recommends that the DOJ, and DOJ alone, be entrusted with the responsibility of evaluating its unreasonable attempt to criminalize the retention of presidential records in a secure system.

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Cannon may issue a ruling from the bench after hearing arguments on Thursday afternoon. She can also rule later through writing.

The Justice Department told Cannon Its “filter panel” has already completed its review of privileged documents.

Chris Kiss, a new addition to Trump’s legal team and former Florida solicitor general, was formally named co-counsel to the former president in a filing Thursday morning and joined other attorneys in the courtroom ahead of the hearing.

Kiss signed a multimillion-dollar deal to join Trump’s team, according to people familiar with the hire, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss critical aspects of Trump’s legal case.

Kiss left the law firm Foley and Lardner to work with Trump, the people said. He was assured of playing a “leading” role in the case.

Josh Dawsey and Ann Marimow contributed to this report.

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