DONALD TRUMP Published September 1, 2022 2:59pm EDT
Trump FBI raid: Judge delays ruling on ‘special master’ after key hearing
Federal judge said she will issue written ruling on Trump request for executive privilege review ‘in due course’
Tyler OlsonBy Tyler Olson , Jake Gibson | Fox News
Former assistant FBI director rips DOJ’s fight against special master: ‘No reason to object to this’
Former Assistant FBI Director Chris Swecker on the DOJ opposing a special master for Mar-a-Lago documents and claims that FBI agents have “lost confidence” in current FBI Director Christopher Wray.
A Florida federal judge Thursday didn’t immediately rule on a request from former President Donald Trump for a “special master” to review documents, which were seized from Trump’s home last month by the FBI, for executive privilege.
After a 1 p.m. ET hearing, Judge Aileen M. Cannon said she will issue a written ruling on Trump’s request, which is opposed by the Department of Justice, “in due course.”
The hearing is the latest chapter in the battle over a closely watched Justice Department investigation into whether Trump illegally possessed classified national security materials at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The FBI raided Trump’s property as part of the investigation early last month.
Trump lawyer Jim Trusty during the hearing slammed the DOJ for allegedly grasping at anything for which to prosecute Trump. He said the FBI could have “taken an overdue library book” and it would have “suddenly turned into a criminal investigation.” He went on to note broader concern for the institution of the presidency itself after the unprecedented raid.
TRUMP FBI RAID: FORMER PRESIDENT’S TEAM RESPONDS TO DOJ ARGUMENT AGAINST ‘SPECIAL MASTER’
The FBI removed documents with top secret and classified markings from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate early last month.
The FBI removed documents with top secret and classified markings from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate early last month. (Department of Justice via AP)
DOJ attorney Jay Bratt, meanwhile, argued that Trump no longer has the same legal privileges to classified documents as when he was in office.
“He is no longer the president, and because he is not … he was unlawfully in possession of them,” Bratt said of the documents the department took from Trump’s home.
Justice Department lawyers also argued that a special master is simply not necessary and said it would delay the investigation into Trump.
Canon, meanwhile, seemed skeptical of the government’s arguments at times.
“What is the harm of appointing a special master,” the judge said during the hearing. “What is your articulation of harm other than the general concern that it would delay a criminal investigation?”
She also floated the idea of letting the director of national intelligence review of the documents continue while halting the criminal investigation for a time and letting a special master review the materials.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he approved an August search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home in an investigation over his alleged illegal possession of classified documents.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he approved an August search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home in an investigation over his alleged illegal possession of classified documents. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
TRUMP FBI RAID: DOJ FILES RESPONSE ON POSSIBLE ‘SPECIAL MASTER’ APPOINTMENT FOR MAR-A-LAGO DOCS
Trump’s team and the DOJ also disagreed during the hearing about the gravity of national security documents being stored at Mar-a-Lago.
“We need to take a deep breath. These are presidential records in the hands of the 45th president at a place which was used frequently for work during his presidency,” Trump attorney Christopher Kise said.
DOJ prosecutor Julie Edelstein, meanwhile, said, “Some of those records included the most highly classified records in the U.S. There was no place at that property [Mar-a-Lago] that was authorized for those records.”
Trump’s lawyers also took a moment to address a photo included in a government brief Wednesday of several folders of classified documents strewn on a floor. Trusty said it was “perfectly staged” and a “press release within their motion.”
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers are arguing for a “special master” to review documents the FBI took from his home in a raid last month.
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers are arguing for a “special master” to review documents the FBI took from his home in a raid last month. (James Devaney/GC Images)
Cannon in an order last Saturday announced her “preliminary intent” to appoint a special master. But she allowed for both sides to submit briefs making their case this week and set Thursday’s hearing for debate on the matter.
It’s unlikely that a special master would begin sorting through the documents immediately if Cannon does decide to appoint one. In briefs this week, lawyers for the Justice Department and Trump’s team discussed submitting a joint list of proposed candidates for a special master potentially next week. They also said such a person should “possess a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.”
The government initiated the raid on Trump’s estate earlier this month in response to what it believed to be a violation of federal laws: 18 USC 793 — gathering, transmitting or losing defense information; 18 USC 2071 — concealment, removal or mutilation; and 18 USC 1519 — destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations.
It looks like whoever sprawled these papers on the floor, needs more training on how to make them look more truthful. This looks too staged. Doesn’t pass the “smell” test in my opinion.
They need a “redo.” Too funny! This doesn’t tell anything except being placed in a position for a photo/exhibit to be framed/. It looks placed in a hurry.
Deep State 101- DOJ Uses Photo Of Top Secret Docs In Court Filing Against Trump
The actions taken by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) over the last decade have been alarming and should be concerning for all Americans.
Some of their questionable activities include their investigations into the Russian Hoax, concealing the criminal activity found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, and their zealous participation in targeting those who attended the January 6th protests.
In addition, they have been targeting parents who protest at school board meetings, and are now working with the DOJ to try to bring document mishandling charges against former President Donald J. Trump.
The DOJ using the information collected during the questionable raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence filed a new 36-page filing on Tuesday. In it, they address the investigation into Trump and the former president’s compliance thus far.
Included is a photograph of allegedly secret documents recovered during the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, arguing the former president’s legal team misled the federal government.
Trump replied to the photo on his social media platform Truth Social.
The federal government accused Trump of repeatedly failing to return classified White House documents, despite being subpoenaed and promising a “diligent search” to recover any documents.
(That is not true – President Trump and his lawyers have been diligently working with different groups to give them what they asked for.)
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” DOJ counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt wrote in the filing.
From the looks of things – they are trying to frame the President, again.