Breitbart reported this weekend that a federal judge has handed former President Donald Trump a win in his battle against the Department of Justice (DOJ).
According to the website, Judge Aileen M. Cannon pushed aside objections from the DOJ on Saturday and moved to grant Trump’s request for a “special master.”
Documents to be reviewed
The special master will be tasked with reviewing documents that were seized during a raid earlier this month by FBI agents on Trump’s Florida home and identifying any material protected by executive or attorney-client privilege.
“Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes,” Trump said in a motion filed last Monday.
“Therefore, we seek judicial assistance in the aftermath of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida,” he added.
Fox News quoted Cannon as saying in her response, “Pursuant to Rule 53(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case.”
Fox News reports that some documents were covered by attorney-client privilege
Just over two weeks ago, the network cited “sources familiar with the investigation” as saying that five boxes of documents taken by the FBI contained information that is protected under attorney-client privilege.
Trump addressed that report in a post made to his social media platform Truth Social, saying, “Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken.”
“By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”
On Sunday, the former president put up another Truth Social post following Cannon’s ruling in which he compared the DOJ’s actions to those of an authoritarian regime.
“Federal Judge in Florida just took over the Presidential Records Act case, including the unprecedented, unnecessary, and unannounced FBI/DOJ Raid (Break-In!) of my home, Mar-a-Lago,” Trump declared.
“This assault was done for political purposes just prior to the Midterm Elections (and 2024, of course!). It is a disgrace to our now Third World Nation!