US appeals court expedites DOJ appeal of special master appointment in Trump documents investigation
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US appeals court expedites DOJ appeal of special master appointment in Trump documents investigation

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Wednesday issued an order to expedite the ongoing appeal of a third-party review of documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from former-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August.

Wednesday’s order expedites hearings on the issue; Trump’s brief in the case is now due on October 14. The court has not yet scheduled oral arguments but announced that “the appeal will be assigned to a special merits panel from the classified appeals log randomly selected by the Clerk. That panel will decide when and how to hear oral argument.” On September 5, judge Aileen Cannon of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted Trump’s request for the appointment of a third party to determine whether the seized materials exceeded the scope of the FBI’s search warrant. The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims the third-party review will slow their investigation and is an unnecessary obstacle to justice.

On September 22, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that 100 classified documents seized in the FBI raid must be included in the investigation. Trump appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court this Tuesday.