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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has granted former President Donald Trump's request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago last month, temporarily stopping federal prosecutors from using those documents in their investigation into obstruction and mishandling of government secrets. 

The decision was expected. Last weekend, the judge said she was inclined to grant Trump's request, and a hearing on the matter took place last Thursday. At that hearing, the Justice Department laid out its argument against the special master and signaled it was likely to appeal such a ruling. 

Cannon, a Trump appointee, cited in her order on Monday the need to ensure "the appearance of fairness and integrity under the extraordinary circumstances presented." 

A special master is an independent third party, typically an attorney, appointed by the judge to review materials seized in a search for anything that may be protected from investigation by attorney-client privilege, or executive privilege as Trump is claiming.

 

The judge also ordered the government to cease any review or use of the materials for its criminal investigation until the special master review is completed, but Cannon said the intelligence community may continue its review to determine potential national security risks from the classified material being kept outside of a secure government facility. 

Cannon set a deadline of Fri. Sept. 9 for the two parties to submit a joint filing with a list of proposed candidates to be named special master and a detailed proposal to establish the duties and limits of the special master, as well as a schedule for the review and compensation. 

Legal experts have told NPR that requesting a special master is another attempt from Trump to undermine the work of the Justice Department and question their integrity. But others have argued that it will just be another procedural loophole the department has to go through during their investigation into the review and compensation.

Legal experts have told NPR that requesting a special master is another attempt from Trump to undermine the work of the Justice Department and question their integrity. But others have argued that it will just be another procedural loophole the department has to go through during their investigation into the documents.

On Friday, Cannon unsealed a list of items the FBI seized from former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home during a court-authorized search last

Previous documents filed in court by the Department of Justice revealed that Trump was holding several classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, and the DOJ has raised questions on whether Trump and his team attempted to obstruct justice by concealing or removing some of the documents authorities wanted.

Trump's attorneys have downplayed the Justice Department's concerns about the classified material found at Mar-a-Lago, saying in a filing Wednesday that there was no "cause for alarm."

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, 212frawk said:

that's not how SMs work.  They are neutral parties.

wont matter, this ruling is going to get launched into the sun

Pretty sure I read that one of his attorneys had said they had done a thorough search and found no other documenets aside from the ones already seized. My feeling is if DOJ wants to find more they're gonna have to go search the Kremlin. Trump has proven over and over he feels no allegiance to our country. 

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6 minutes ago, 212frawk said:

everyone thinks the search for docs was limited to the carnival barker's garish banquet hall.... not so.

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To me, it's not so much where they were stored as what did he do with the ones he illegally took?  I think I read they found something like 4 dozen empty boxes that were marked 'classified'.  I just hope to God our intelligence services were watching and listening to everything he did and talked to Putin about.

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4 hours ago, Very Wide Right said:

LOL, NPR. Hopefully the special master has a dim view of the hyper partisan FBI and DOJ leaking fraudulent info to the press to sway public opinion. Just imagine what these agencies do to normal people.

I’m curious about why the source matters when it’s an actual news item? I get it when it’s an opinion piece but it’s just a fucking news item. Believe it or not the federal judge actually did grant him the special master. There’s no spin on that. Dude you’re fucking batting like 1000 for being wrong today. What’s going on with you?

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Would you please learn how to post?? No one is going to click on something that downloads, FFS

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Trump's lawyers have already admitted he committed crimes and they implicated themselves while doing it. My guess is the hammer comes down not too long after the mid terms. That's when the right wing crazies will come out doing acts of terrorism. They have been threatening it for weeks now, but when it happens, they will all say it's a false flag. Then it will be "the democrats made us do political violence", all while preaching personal accountability.

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18 hours ago, micknaboz said:

Point of fact:  ALL Republicans hate Democracy. From suppressing voting rights everywhere they can, to gerrymandering the vote everywhere they can, to defending a twice impeached criminal President refusing to hold him accountable for anything.

The United States was intended to be a Republic of the people.

Democracy devolves into dictatorship

The only suppression of voting was the laws that were broken to allow millions of fraudulent votes to have been cast to steal an election. 

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15 hours ago, HipKat said:

I’m curious about why the source matters when it’s an actual news item? I get it when it’s an opinion piece but it’s just a fucking news item. Believe it or not the federal judge actually did grant him the special master. There’s no spin on that. Dude you’re fucking batting like 1000 for being wrong today. What’s going on with you?

Aren't you the first person to criticize the source when it's not what you support and post your trash site that rates news/media sources?

 

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19 hours ago, notacon said:

This decision is not going to change the facts one bit.

 

Trump is GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY.  

 

If it was anyone else that did what he did, they would already be in jail, and looking at a sure conviction and sent to prison for years.  

Trump is a lawless fuck.  Who hates democracy, and hates America.  

Except Hillary did much worse and got soldiers killed. She destroyed the evidence and document's. Trump had document's that he claims he possessed legally in a secure room that had multiple locks on it.

Comey admitted Hillary committed crimes, but passed on charges because our three letter agencies are corrupt and work to help and protect Democrats.

FACTS 

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14 minutes ago, Philly'sFinest said:

The United States was intended to be a Republic of the people.

Democracy devolves into dictatorship

The only suppression of voting was the laws that were broken to allow millions of fraudulent votes to have been cast to steal an election. 

Thanks for the laugh.

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21 hours ago, micknaboz said:

Pretty sure I read that one of his attorneys had said they had done a thorough search and found no other documenets aside from the ones already seized. My feeling is if DOJ wants to find more they're gonna have to go search the Kremlin. Trump has proven over and over he feels no allegiance to our country. 

And who are you to make such an accusation.  Just another Fascist/ Communist/ Leftist who wouldn't lift a finger to help anyone unless the government, your God, forced you. 

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1 hour ago, Philly'sFinest said:

Except Hillary did much worse and got soldiers killed. She destroyed the evidence and document's. Trump had document's that he claims he possessed legally in a secure room that had multiple locks on it.

Comey admitted Hillary committed crimes, but passed on charges because our three letter agencies are corrupt and work to help and protect Democrats.

FACTS 

Also, Hillary had committed classified handling malfeasance whilst on duty.   The Aquarian, was found to be without fault in his handling of classified material. 

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1 hour ago, Philly'sFinest said:

Except Hillary did much worse and got soldiers killed. She destroyed the evidence and document's. Trump had document's that he claims he possessed legally in a secure room that had multiple locks on it.

Comey admitted Hillary committed crimes, but passed on charges because our three letter agencies are corrupt and work to help and protect Democrats.

FACTS 

Hahaha.  No.  Hillary did NOT do “much worse”.  She did NOT commit ANY crimes....and Comey did NOT say she did.

What Trump did is EXPONENTIALLY WORSE than anything that Hillary was ACCUSED of, much less actually did.  

You literlly have no fucking idea what you are talking about.

 

 

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