Judge Names Special Master to Review FBI Raid Documents, Rejects DOJ Criminal Probe Request

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Florida-based U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday appointed a senior Brooklyn federal judge to serve as special master to independently review documents the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump‘s Florida estate.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie will serve as an independent arbiter in the case, tasked with deciding whether any of the documents are privileged—either due to attorney-client confidentiality or through a legal principle called executive privilege—and should be off limits to federal investigators.

Cannon also rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) bid to revive its criminal investigation into classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago last month. The denial sets the stage for the department’s dispute with Trump over the search to move quickly to an appeals court and potentially the US Supreme Court.

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