Trump-appointed judge undermines Trump’s special master order supporting claims that FBI ‘planted’ evidence in Mar-a-Lago

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Donald Trump answers questions from reporters after a video call to military personnel stationed around the world at the Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., December 24, 2019.AFP via NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images

  • Judge Eileen Cannon has undermined a special master she appointed in a new ruling on Trump documents.

  • Canon has extended the deadline for a special master review of the document from November 30th to December 16th.

  • She also exempted Trump’s attorney from having to file an affidavit on whether to contest the FBI’s document list.

A federal judge on Thursday cleared former President Donald Trump and his attorneys from filing affidavits on whether they believed the FBI inaccurately summarized items seized from their South Florida home. did.

Judge Eileen Cannon dominate Wiped out previous decisions from an outsider arbitrator known as the “Special Master”. She herself has been tasked with reviewing more than 11,000 documents recovered from Marlago during a search of Trump’s residence and private club in West Palm Beach on August 8. that special master, Senior Judge Raymond Dearyordered Trump’s attorneys to address whether they would challenge the completeness and accuracy of the inventory of FBI records discovered during the investigation by Oct. 7.

In a six-page ruling, Cannon said her order naming Dearie “did not consider that obligation” for Trump’s attorney and the former president.

The decision underscored the power dynamics in a high-stakes dispute between Trump and the Justice Department over records seized from the FBI’s unprecedented search of the former president’s home. While Dearie comes closest to scrutiny, Canon’s decision marks a clear exercise of force over the proceedings.

“Judge Cannon reminds Judge Dearie and us that she is still responsible here,” said a University of Michigan law professor who served as the top federal prosecutor in Detroit during the Obama administration. said Barb McQuade,

“She’s essentially overruling Judge Deary’s order to require Trump to put up with or shut up about the ‘planted’ evidence,” McQuaid told an insider. Trump can, at least for now, maintain that defense without supporting facts.”

Deary, who was appointed to screen records that could be subject to attorney-client or executive privilege, said Trump’s attorneys had found the stock of seized items to be inaccurate without providing evidence to support their allegations. He said he could not suggest in his court filings that he was.In ordering his oath, Deary I have written“This filing will be Trump’s last opportunity to raise a de facto dispute over the completeness and accuracy of the detailed inventory.”

Trump filed a lawsuit on August 22, demanding that Cannon appoint a special master to investigate the records seized from Mar-a-Lago. Cannon, the 2020 Trump nominee, said while presiding over the case: criticized Legal experts said the ruling showed extraordinary consideration for the former president.

Canon initially blocked the Department of Justice’s access to documents found in Mar-Arago as part of a criminal investigation into its handling of government records, including more than 100 documents marked confidential under a special master review. was However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a three-judge panel has ruled that any further delay in reviewing the records would jeopardize national security and cause “irreparable harm” to the government. It accepted the allegations and overturned a significant part of her sentence. and public.

In addition to throwing out Dearie’s oath request, Canon on Thursday extended the end date of the special master review from November 30th to December 16th.

Dearie suggested that we could work on a more expeditious schedule. However, Trump’s attorneys objected to the pacing, arguing that it was too fast to find an outside vendor to assist the review that was willing to work on that timeline.

“This modest expansion is necessary to allow sufficient time for the review and recommendation of the Special Masters, as circumstances have changed since the entry of appointment orders,” Cannon wrote.

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