A Florida federal judge said her “tentative intent” was to appoint a special master to examine the trove of documents recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month. removed.
U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020, warned that the injunction issued Saturday should not be construed as a final decision on the former president’s motion.
Cannon, a judge in the Southern District of Florida, arranged a hearing for Thursday and gave the Justice Department a Wednesday deadline to file a response to Trump’s motion, as well as a “more detailed” title deed of what was removed from the Palm Beach property during the August 8 raid and the status of the review of the documents.
She noted that a “filter team” was already conducting an assessment of the materials.
Trump, who has condemned the search for documents in his oceanfront home, filed a motion last week to name the special captain.
“Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes,” Trump’s legal team said in the file. “Therefore, we are seeking legal help in the wake of an unprecedented and unnecessary raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.”
In a post on his Truth Social platform on Saturday, Trump reiterated his belief that the raid was politically motivated because he is the “clear frontrunner” in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.
“Federal judge in Florida has just taken over the Presidential Records Act case, including the unprecedented, unnecessary and unannounced FBI/DOJ Raid (Break-In!) of my home, Mar-a-Lago. This attack was made for political purposes just before the midterm elections (and 2024 of course!),” he said in the posting. “It is a disgrace to our now Third World nation!”
Cannon’s two-page ruling came a day after the Justice Department released the heavily edited affidavit used to get a judge to approve search of Trump’s estate for classified documents. .
The FBI said in the 38-page document that the raid was justified because a review of boxes of documents the National Archives and Records Administration removed from Mar-a-Lago in January revealed sensitive materials.
Some of them were marked “HCS,” short for the HUMINT control system, which refers to top-secret government measures used to “protect intelligence information from clandestine human sources.”
Of the 184 classified documents retrieved, 25 were marked top secret, 92 were classified as secret and another 67 were confidential, the affidavit said.