Trump scores big win in special master request for Mar-a-lago documents

West Palm Beach, Florida - A judge has granted a request by Donald Trump's legal team to have a special master review the government documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago home.

A district judge approved a request by Donald Trump's legal team for a special master to review the documents recently seized by the FBI.
A district judge approved a request by Donald Trump's legal team for a special master to review the documents recently seized by the FBI.  © Collage: MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP & Ludovic MARIN / AFP

US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by the former president in 2020, granted the request on Monday, according to reports.

She also ordered the Justice Department to put their investigation on hold "pending completion of the special master's review or further Court order."

The special master will be tasked with reviewing all the documents, seized by the FBI during their raid at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8, to look for "personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege."

"In addition to being deprived of potentially significant personal documents, which alone creates a real harm, plaintiff faces an unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public," Cannon wrote in her order.

The move is a big win for Trump and his legal team, who argued that they didn't believe the Justice Department would fairly exclude privileged material from the trial, despite the department claiming to have already conducted their own review that yielded only a few exclusions.

The order is expected to further delay the trial and any investigations related to it. Federal prosecutors are expected to appeal Judge Cannon's decision.

Cover photo: Collage: MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP & Ludovic MARIN / AFP

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