11th Circuit Court Grants Expedited Review on Special Master in Trump Docs Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the 11th Circuit has agreed to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to expedite its challenge to the legality of having a special master review documents that were retrieved in August from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Wednesday was the day that the 11th Circuit Court made the announcement. If the court decides to side with the DOJ, and finds that a special master is inappropriately granted or not needed, it could result in a quicker DOJ decisionWhether or not to indict Trump for crimes related to his improper transfer government materials (including hundreds classified documents) to his residence after leaving the White House.

Trump’s lawyers had argued against the DOJ’s claims that a special master was unnecessary in a brief they submitted earlier this week. If the court had sided with Trump, then the process of determining the need for a special Master would have been halted. would likely have lasted well into next year.

Next week will see the start of the process to determine whether it is legal to involve a special master. a timetable from the 11th Circuit Court. The DOJ must submit a brief arguing why it believes a special master isn’t needed by October 14, while Trump’s lawyers must submit a brief by November 10. If the DOJ decides to respond to the brief, it must do so within one week.

A panel of judges randomly chosen from the 11th Circuit Court will decide when oral argument will begin at a later date. According to the court’s timetable, arguments could be heard before the end the year.

Aileen Cannon, District Judge, is a Trump appointee initially agreed to appoint a special master in early September upon Trump’s request more than two weeks after the documents were retrieved from his home. Many legal experts believe that Trump’s request for a special master was unnecessary. The DOJ already had a separate team of researchers to determine if the documents were privileged. Some have speculated that Trump’s request for a special master This was not a delay tactic in order to better prepare his legal team’s arguments in the face of what appears to be impending charges against him.

Cannon’s order to appoint a special master prevented the DOJ from examining all of the documents they had retrieved from Trump’s estate. A recent order by the 11th Circuit Court gave the department the authority to inspect classified items. Trump is appealing this ruling to the U.S. Supreme CourtHe is widely expected to lose this appeal.

The DOJ can now view classified documents, the department stated in its brief why it believes examining all of the material is important. It “may shed light on, for example, how the materials bearing classified markings were transferred to plaintiff’s residence,” the DOJ said.