Judge says she has ‘preliminary intention’ to appoint special master to oversee

In doing so, the court informed the parties that it had a « preliminary intent » to appoint the Special Master, a third-party attorney who would screen confidential documents seized during the search.

Ahead of the hearing, the government faces a Tuesday deadline to respond in writing to Trump’s request, according to the court’s scheduling order.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated to the bench by Trump in 2020, is asking the Justice Department to file a public response and further file sealed briefs giving more details of what was seized during the search as well as a notice indicating the status of the examination of the documents seized, including the process of filtering privileged information.

Trump’s response to the DOJ’s response is expected on Wednesday.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Thursday at the West Palm Beach Courthouse.

Cannon stated at the end of the order that it should not be construed as his final decision on the matter.

On Friday, Trump responded to Cannon’s request to expand on his request for a special master by pointing to additional legal discussion of case law that he said supported his request.

Cannon had identified several shortcomings in its Monday filing requiring more oversight.

The FBI search warrant affidavit indicates that there may be
Trump’s submission on Friday came hours after the Justice Department unsealed a redacted version of the affidavit it used to obtain the warrant, which contained new details about the FBI investigation and the very nature sensitive classified documents that had previously been recovered from the Palm Beach, Florida, resort town.

Trump claimed the redacted affidavit recently released by the FBI submitted to the court to obtain the search warrant raises « more questions than answers. »

Takeaways from the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit

« The redacted affidavit underscores why this motion should be granted, as it provides almost no information that would allow Movant to understand why the raid took place or what was taken from his home, » Trump wrote in the filing.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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