Former President Donald Trump’s push for a special master to oversee the Justice Department’s review of evidence collected at Mar-a-Lago enters a crucial moment as hearings are soon set to begin Thursday on request.
A federal judge has indicated “initial intention” To accede to the request, which could bring new complications to the DOJ’s closely watched investigation of White House documents, Trump took to his Florida residence.
here is what a special guru And what this would mean for the materials confiscated from Mar-a-Lago:
What is a Special Guru? A special master is a third-party lawyer appointed by the court to oversee part of a certain case.
If appointed in Trump’s case, the Special Master will oversee the Justice Department’s review of evidence gathered from the club among them and filter out privileged material that may Confiscated in search.
Why does Trump want a Special Master? Trump’s Legal Team broadly debating A special master is required to ensure that the Department of Justice returns any personal documents it has confiscated during the search of Mar-a-Lago.
Lawyers for the former president say his constitutional rights were violated, and that privileged material may have been confiscated. But in the court filings, Trump did not elaborate on what exactly he expected a particular master to filter apart from the usual signs of “privileged and potentially privileged content.”
What is the Justice Department’s stand? The department has already indicated that it is using an internal filter team to review the confiscated items, in order to isolate material subject to claims of privilege.
two said in the court filing On Monday it identified “a limited set of materials” from its search of documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago that potentially includes material covered by attorney-client privilege and the process of addressing privilege disputes. is in.
Justice officials also confirmed that US intelligence officers are reviewing Documents for classified material.
Investigators have already noted the work of a filter team when they returned to Trump personal documents that would not be part of the investigation, such as two expired passports and his diplomatic passport.
The Justice Department said in court documents that it believed evidence collected at Mar-a-Lago would support its criminal investigation into mishandling of federal records, including national defense material, when Trump’s team took boxes of records in Florida. when she left the office.
The investigation is also looking into possible obstruction of justice in the investigation.