After several weeks of legal wrangling, Donald Trump has finally had a breakthrough in the case of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.
The former President had been pressing for a Special Master to be appointed to the case, which would bring in a third party entity to review the documents that were taken from his home back in August, and to return any documents that were not explicitly referred to in the FBI’s search warrant.
Now, after a nerve-wracking delay, Trump has finally gotten his wish.
U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon ordered that the special master be appointed to “review the seized property, manage assertions of privilege and make recommendations thereon, and evaluate claims for return of property.”
“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.Trending:
Fox News first reported last month that FBI agents seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during the raid.
The move should stop the DOJ in its tracks.
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.”
Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case, having repeatedly clarified his stance that the documents in his possession had already been declassified before being transported to Mar-a-Lago.