Reporters will be on hand for the hearing, but will not be able to send updates while it’s in progress under court rules.
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In a blistering response to Trump’s request late Tuesday, the Justice Department said a special master is not needed, and the unprecedented FBI search of a former president’s home was justified. The filing alleged that Trump and his advisers repeatedly failed to turn over top-secret government documents, even after receiving a subpoena and pledging that a “diligent search” had been conducted, leading to the August 8 raid that killed more than 100 people. additional classified items were found.
Trump’s team has accused the Justice Department of acting politically in the investigation into the former president’s possible mishandling of classified documents after he left the White House. Their legal records state that the government has seized documents to which it is not entitled and that a neutral outside expert could search the material and set aside any documents that the privilege would require to be protected from government scrutiny.
“Three weeks after an unprecedented, unnecessary and legally unsupported raid on the home of a president — and potentially a candidate against the current chief executive in 2024,” Trump’s legal team wrote in a filing Wednesday night, “the government… has filed an extraordinary document with this court suggesting that the DOJ, and the DOJ alone, should be given the responsibility of conducting its unwarranted drive to criminalize a former president’s possession of personal and presidential information in a secure environment. to evaluate.”
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After hearing arguments on Thursday afternoon, Cannon was able to issue a verdict from the bench. She could also rule later in writing.
The Justice Department has told Cannon that the “filtering team” review of potentially privileged documents has already been completed.
Chris Kise, the latest addition to Trump’s legal team and a former Florida attorney general, was formally added Thursday morning as the former president’s co-counsel on a dossier and joined other attorneys in the courtroom ahead of the hearing.
Kise signed a multimillion-dollar contract to join Trump’s team, according to people familiar with the lease, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive aspects of Trump’s lawsuit.
People said that Kise, who left the law firm of Foley and Lardner to take the job at Trump, was assured that he would play a “leading” role in the case.
Josh Dawsey and Ann Marimow contributed to this report.