U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon has appointed a special master to “review the seized property, manage assertions of privilege and make recommendations thereon, and evaluate claims for return of property,” in the wake of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.
“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,” the order states.
From Fox News:
Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and their client confidential. It is unclear, at this point, if the records include communications between the former president and his private attorneys, White House counsel during the Trump administration or a combination.
A Department of Justice “taint” or “filter” team had been reviewing those documents, but Cannon’s Monday order temporarily halts that review.
“Furthermore, in natural conjunction with that appointment, and consistent with the value and sequence of special master procedures, the Court also temporarily enjoins the Government from reviewing and using the seized materials for investigative purposes pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order.”
The order, though, “shall not impede the classification review and/or intelligence assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“ODNI”) as described in the Government’s Notice of Receipt of Preliminary Order.”
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