Federal Appeals Court Ends Special Master Review of Records Seized From Mar-a-Lago

 December 3, 2022

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon did not have the legal authority to appoint a special master, to review the documents the FBI seized during the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. After Trump’s lawyers and government lawyers presented oral arguments in front of the court last month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, issued their decision.

The panel wrote-

“The law is clear. We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so,”

-U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

According to the Washington Post-

“During oral arguments, government attorney Sopan Joshi called the decision to name a special master an “intrusion” on the executive branch.”

"But James Trusty, an attorney for Trump, said the special master appointment didn’t significantly hamper the government’s criminal probe. Trusty said the search of Mar-a-Lago was conducted in a “carte blanche” manner, with agents taking personal items including golf shirts and a photo of singer Celine Dion.”

“In their opinion, the judges rebuked a central part of the argument by Trump’s legal team: that the Presidential Records Act allowed Trump to categorize presidential documents as personal ones, creating the need for a special master to determine whether personal documents should be shielded from investigators.”

-Washington Post

Noting the “extraordinary” nature of the raid on Trump’s estate, the 11th Circuit Court judges disagreed with Cannons order, in vacating it, explaining their ruling regarding the circumstance-

“not in a way that affects our legal analysis or otherwise gives the judiciary license to interfere in an ongoing investigation.”

-U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

As such, the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit , remanded the case to Cannon’s courtroom to dismiss Trump’s lawsuit and

vacated her order, appointing special master Raymond Dearie. The previously appointed special master, was expected to finish his review of the documents this month. Roughly 100 of the more than 13,000 documents seized by the FBI, were reportedly marked classified.

Calling the court’s decision “purely procedural” and clarifying their ruling as “based only on jurisdiction”, a Trump spokesperson said in a statement-

“The panel’s decision today is purely procedural and based only on jurisdiction,”… “The decision does not address the merits that clearly demonstrate the impropriety of the unprecedented, illegal, and unwarranted raid on Mar-a-Lago.”

-Trump Spokesperson

Coming just weeks after Attorney General Merrick Garland, appointed Jack Smith, to serve as special counsel to oversee the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into Trump’s handling of White House documents after his presidency, the ruling is set to go into effect in seven days.

According to Breitbart News, Attorney Smith has a history of “botched” prosecutions of leading political leaders. In a November 23 report, they noted-

“Smith’s wife, Katy Chevigny, contributed to President Joe Biden and to far-left, antisemitic Rep. Rashia Tlaib (D-MI). She also produced a documentary about former First Lady Michelle Obama.”…


“Trump was already targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with fraudulent claims by Democrats and journalists of “Russia collusion.” Mueller found no evidence to substantiate their claims, and sidestepped evidence that Democrats had planted the false charges.” Also…

“There has been no special counsel appointed to handle inquiries into President Biden and his family members in connection with the financial dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, who is known to be under investigation.”

-Breitbart News

Apparently, Trump now has the option of appealing the 11th Circuit’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, without any stay from another appeal, the 11th Circuit’s decision is set to move forward. As the most targeted former president in U.S. history, it remains to be seen what Trump’s next move is. It is beyond belief that this latest “witch-hunt”, as Trump calls it – continues to foment, all while the Biden family, with their likely compromising CCP ties, continue to see Joe, wield the executive pen.

As has been previously stated in this blog, the real question remains - How much litigation should one person have to face because he is a clear threat to the Left? It is understandable why Trump continues to challenge the GOP, to fight this continued assault on him. Ridiculously impeached, for a privileged “phone call” - kind of says it all. Democrats have not been able to come up with anything better, than judging his personality.

While abrupt at times, Trump is all out for America, and to the Lefts chagrin, he gets things done. Despite all that has been thrown at him, by the Media, hateful Republicans (RHINOS), fearful Democrats (with all the artillery of the Swamp) and the 4th Branch of government determined to thwart his every move – he is still here, he is still inspiring the masses to national pride and he still loves America. Why the ongoing attack? – not because they should, but because they can. It seems, as time and history unfold, that the Left has much to hide. May truth prevail in this next Congress.

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink”.

-George Orwell
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