DOJ Wins Early Schedule for Mar-a-Lago Special Master Appeal


(Bloomberg): A federal appeals court has expedited the U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge to the appointment of a so-called special master to review thousands of White House documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. It granted the Department of Justice’s request to do so.

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Wednesday’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals order did not immediately specify when the debate would take place or which judge would hear it, but set a briefing schedule to end Nov. 17. I was.

Trump’s legal team has opposed putting the case on a faster track, arguing instead that a hearing should be held as early as January. However, the government insisted that the case must be expedited so that it could access the 11,000 documents currently prohibited from use during the special master’s review.

“After consulting with the chief judge, appeals will be assigned to a special merit panel from a classified appeals log selected at random by the clerk,” the court wrote. Decide when and how to listen.”

An appeals court gave Trump until Nov. 10 to file his brief, six days longer than the government had proposed, but less time than Trump’s lawyers wanted. rice field. The government brief he is scheduled for October 14th.

The order is Trump’s latest setback before the Court of Appeals, which has previously sanctioned nearly 100 documents (some labeled top secret) containing classified markings seized from his home. The DOJ said the documents were key to an ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s handling of the White Papers.

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Brooklyn-based semi-retired U.S. District Judge Raymond Deary said 11,000 of the 11,000 cases seized from Mar-a-Lago in August were part of a federal investigation into whether government records were mishandled. A special master who oversees the review of documents.

The government told Dearie Wednesday that both parties had successfully contracted a third-party vendor to perform the critical task of scanning and uploading documents as part of a special master review. The process was delayed after a vendor told the government that it “did not want” a deal with the former president.

U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon, the Florida federal judge presiding over the document dispute, earlier this week extended Dearie’s term of office to mid-December.

Canon’s order to appoint a special master makes most of the seized documents temporarily unavailable to the government.

The case is Trump v. US, 22-13005, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (Atlanta).

(Updates to add parties looking for agents to scan seized documents.)

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