Announcing ‘Preliminary Intent’ For ‘Special Master’, Federal Judge Sides With Trump

 August 30, 2022

Siding with former President Donald Trump, a federal judge has announced her “preliminary intent. to appoint a “special master” to review the documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.

Barring the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using certain documents, a “special master” would review documents and materials, to determine which are protected by attorney-client privilege and executive privilege. The decision by Judge Aileen M. Cannon, a Trump appointee, comes less than one week after Trump’s legal team filed a motion, seeking an independent review of the seized documents. Filed Monday, Trump’s motion, argued that the FBI raid, was a political hit job against him by President Joe Biden’s DOJ.

Trump’s motion stated

“Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes,”. “Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.”

-Motion Filed By Trumps Legal Team

According to Breitbart News, Trump’s Motion for Judicial Oversight And Additional Relief, requests that the court appoint a Special Master, prohibit the FBI from further review of the seized documents until the Special Master is appointed, order the government to release a more detailed property receipt, and return any item seized that was not within the search warrant’s scope.

Additionally, Judge Cannon’s decision, on Saturday, was based on Trump’s submissions and “the exceptional circumstances presented,” according to Fox News.

Judge Cannon wrote in her filing-

“Pursuant to Rule 53(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case,”

-Judge Aileen M. Cannon

The appointment of a special master has been opposed by the DOJ.

Cannon’s decision also comes one day after Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, released a heavily redacted version of the underlying affidavit, used to justify the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago. The document was reportedly 55-60% blacked out.

Believing Trump improperly stored classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, the federal government stated that they had found “probable cause”, based on the contents of 15 boxes that Trump, had already voluntarily provided to the federal government.

In a statement released shortly after news of Judge Cannon’s decision broke, Trump repeated his claims that the FBI raid was “done for political purposes” .

“Federal Judge in Florida just took over the Presidential Records Act case, including the unprecedented, unnecessary, and unannounced FBI/DOJ Raid (Break-In!) of my home, Mar-a-Lago,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “This assault was done for political purposes just prior to the Midterm Elections (and 2024, of course!). It is a disgrace to our now Third World Nation!”

-Former President Donald Trump

Judge Cannon, in a series of actions, ordered DOJ attorneys to file a response two days before a September 1 hearing and provide, “under seal,” a “more detailed Receipt for Property, specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022.” This was action was ordered because the property receipt released shortly after the Mar-a-Lago raid, only mentions nondescript items, including-

 “Miscellaneous Top Secret Documents,” a “Leatherbound box of documents,” and “Various classified/TS/SCI documents.”

-Initial DOJ Receipt for Property

According to Fox News, Cannon also ordered DOJ attorneys to file under seal a-

“particularized notice indicating the status” of its review of the seized property, “including any filter review conducted by the privilege review team and any dissemination of materials beyond the privilege review team,”

- Judge Aileen M. Cannon

And further requested the DOJ to provide its-

“respective and particularized positions on the duties and responsibilities of a prospective special master, along with any other considerations pertinent to the appointment of a special master in this case.”

- Judge Aileen M. Cannon

According to a senior law enforcement official, the DOJ’s “filter” team has been going through the seized documents, so far, to ensure the records did not include any documents protected, by the attorney-client privilege. In fact, five of the boxes taken by the FBI, during the raid, reportedly included information that Trump’s team claims are protected by attorney-client privilege, as reported by Fox News.

In response to this confirmation, Trump posted on Truth Social-

“Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken,” and “By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”

-Former President Donald Trump

So much, that is wrong about this raid on Trumps home in Florida, is yet to be discovered. Further, that Trump has to fight for Judicial Oversight Relief, the appointment of a “special master” to protect his own papers, that should not have been taken – Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has a lot to answer for. The American people deserve to know why the FBI has been weaponized, and has acted with seeming prejudice against him.

Additionally, the timing of this historic raid, the ripples of which will likely not end until well past the mid-term election, is no mere consequence.  Likely meant to meddle again in a critical election, by distracting Americans from the failure of Joe Biden, his administration and the radical, progressive left, Biden’s DOJ is keeping the waters churning.

This whole state of affairs, at the head of our government agencies, is so disgustingly sordid. Washington is literally a hotbed of political cronyism, deep state control and more disinformation than any foreign country could possibly seed the U.S. with, at this point. Who needs China or Russia, when we have such dishonesty right here in D.C.? America, there is much to do to bring our Nation back from the brink of socialistic destruction. This is not the time to shrink back, but the time to take a stand, for the truth and our constitutional freedoms. May God strengthen and preserve us, in this war in our own back-yard.

“Stand up for truth regardless of who steps on it.”

-Suzy Kassem,
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