DOJ will appeal judge’s decision to grant Trump’s special master request to review seized docs

The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a notice to appeal the latest ruling in the dispute over documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, where the government claims highly classified records were being improperly held.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump’s request for a special master to review what was taken.

Her ruling also halted all reviews of the documents by the DOJ in its criminal investigation.

“The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege,” Cannon wrote.

The DOJ’s notice to appeal doesn’t include any further information on the content of its arguments, which will go before the 11th Circuit.

PHOTO: An aerial view shows President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estatein Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 10, 2022.
An aerial view shows President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estatein Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 10, 2022.
Steve Helber/AP

Cannon noted in her previous order that the appointment of an independent third party would not impede the ongoing classification review and national security assessments being conducted by the intelligence community on what was retrieved from Trump’s home last month.

The judge gave DOJ and Trump’s team until Friday to confer and submit a joint list of proposed special master candidates and a proposed order outlining the special master’s duties and limitations.

This is a developing story. Please return for updates.

Source: ABC News

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