September 26, 2022

The judge says he has a ‘preliminary intention’ to appoint a special master to supervise

In doing so, the court Give notice to the parties She had a “preliminary intention” of appointing a special master, a third-party attorney who could sift through special materials seized in the search.

The government faces a Tuesday deadline to respond to Trump’s request in writing, according to the court’s scheduling order, ahead of the hearing.

U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon, nominated to the bench by Trump in 2020, is asking the Justice Department to file a public response and under seal filings detailing what was seized from the search. Notice disclosing status of review of seized material, including filtering of privileged information.

Trump’s response to the DOJ’s response is due Wednesday.

The hearing will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the courthouse in West Palm Beach.

At the end of the order, Cannon said that it should not be considered his final decision on the matter.

On Friday, Trump responded In response to Cannon’s request to explain his request for a special master, he pointed to some additional legal discussions of case law that he said supported his request.

Cannon found several flaws in its Monday filing and requested additional oversight.

FBI Search Warrant Affidavit, 'Prohibition Evidence' at Mar-a-Lago
Trump’s Friday submission came hours later The Justice Department deleted the revised version The FBI’s investigation and the affidavit it used to obtain the warrant reveal new details about the highly sensitive nature of classified material previously recovered from the Palm Beach, Florida, resort.

Trump said the newly released redacted affidavit the FBI submitted to the court to obtain a search warrant raised “more questions than answers.”

Excerpts from the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit

“The amended affidavit underscores why this motion should be granted because it does not provide any information that would allow the movant to understand why the search occurred or what was taken from his home,” Trump filed.

This story has been updated with additional information.