Executive Branch

Justice Department Files 40-Page Opposition to Mar-a-Lago Special Master Request

Hyemin Han, Tia Sewell
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 11:39 PM

The 40-page response outlined the government's position as to why a special master should not be appointed, though outlining limitations that should apply should the request be granted.

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Running up against its Aug. 30 11:59 p.m. deadline, the Justice Department filed its motion opposing former President Donald Trump’s request that a special master be appointed to oversee the handling of documents seized at his Mar-a-Lago residence on Aug. 8. While arguing that a special master should not be appointed, the motion outlined limitations that should apply should the request be granted—as U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon indicated she was inclined to do on Aug. 29. The filing also included six attachments, one of which was an image of a pile of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago showing Top Secret and Secret documents "recovered from a container in the '45 office.'" The Justice Department also filed under seal earlier today the "more detailed Receipt of Property" of items seized during the search and a report on the status of the filter review of those materials as ordered by Cannon.

You can read the full filing here or below:

Hyemin Han is an associate editor of Lawfare and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked in eviction defense and has interned on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She holds a BA in government from Dartmouth College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth independent daily.
Tia Sewell is a former associate editor of Lawfare. She studied international relations and economics at Stanford University and is now a master’s student in international security at Sciences Po in Paris.

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