DOJ Submits Argument Against Need for Special Master in Mar-a-Lago Docs Case

On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would appeal the remaining portions of the original order establishing a special master to review documents retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The DOJ Already won a partial stay on district court Judge Aileen Cannon’s order that created a special master to review all of the government documents that Trump improperly removed from the White House upon his departure from office. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had a three-judge panel that agreed to allow investigators access to materials marked with classified markings.

“For our part, we cannot discern why [Trump] would have an individual interest in or need for any of the one-hundred documents with classification markings,” In their ruling, the judges stated that, dismissing privilege claims by Trump’s legal team.

Friday’s brief by the DOJ requested that the department be granted the remaining 11,000 documents that are not classified and were retrieved without the need to have a special master.

In its brief, the DOJ called Cannon’s order an “extraordinary relief” to Trump that went beyond precedent and the letter of the law, noting that “the exercise of such jurisdiction over a pre-indictment criminal investigation is limited to exceptional cases.”

“Under this Court’s precedent, it requires, at a minimum, a showing that the government callously disregarded Plaintiff’s constitutional rights,” the DOJ stated. “Nothing like this was shown in this case, as the district court acknowledged.”

The DOJ stated that Trump never claimed attorney-client privilege over the 11,000 documents that were not classified. A separate team of investigators has already done a filter review. was sufficientThey added that they would be looking into these concerns.

The DOJ also said that the former president’s executive privilege claims were invalid, citing a Watergate-era case that noted “executive privilege exists ‘for the benefit of Republic,’ not any President as an individual.”

“[Trump] has no plausible claim of such a privilege with respect to the records bearing classification markings or any other government documents related to his official duties,” the brief said.

One week later, the filing is made the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced it would agree to expedite the DOJ’s full appeal of Cannon’s original ruling. Trump’s lawyers will have until November 10 to file a response to the DOJ’s brief. After that, Trump’s lawyers will have until November 10 to file a response to the DOJ’s brief. The DOJ will have the chance to rebut the filing. Oral arguments will be heard by the 11th Circuit Court on November 17.

A three-judge panel from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has previously expressed skepticism over Trump’s request for a special master, siding with the DOJ on the matter. Trump appealed to the Supreme Court., but last week, justices refused to hear his case for blocking the 11th Circuit Court’s decision.

It’s unclear how many High Court justices voted to refuse to hear Trump’s appeal, and none have explained their reasoning for doing so.