A US District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida Monday approved former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master to review records that the FBI seized from his Florida home in August. Judge Aileen M. Cannon also ordered the government to halt their investigation of Trump until a special master reviews the materials. The Trump investigation has now been delayed for a period of time.
The special master will review the approximately 11,000 documents containing confidential information and 1,800 other items that were taken from Trump’s home. They will also be permitted to review any documents that are covered by attorney-client privilege and any covered by executive privilege. Cannon believes that a special master will be able to review the materials in an efficient and timely manner and will promote the interests and appearances of fairness and justice.
Former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal critized Cannon’s opinion. In particular, Katyal took issue with Cannon’s analysis of jurisdiction and accused Cannon of “let[ting] Trump forum shop for a judge, instead of letting the magistrate judge evaluate these claims.” Similarly, the Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that a special master would be “unnecessary” and “inappropriate” in this case.