Trump’s home search unearths material possibly covered by attorney-client privilege, prosecutors say

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (Reuters) – The US Justice Department’s search of former President Donald Trump’s home this month yielded a “limited” number of documents that may be subject to attorney-client privilege, federal prosecutors said Monday in court.

The Justice Department’s new disclosure could support a request by Trump’s legal team to appoint a special master to conduct a privilege review of the items the FBI has seized from the estate. of Trump in Florida during his unprecedented August 8 quest.

At the same time, however, the department also revealed that the filtering team has already completed the assessment of the materials — a sign that Trump’s request for a special master could be overdue.

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A special master is an independent third party that is sometimes appointed by a court in sensitive cases to review materials that may be under the privilege of a client attorney to ensure that investigators do not view them inappropriately.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida issued an injunction this weekend saying she was inclined to appoint a special master.

She instructed the Justice Department to respond to Trump’s request and also to provide a more detailed list of the items seized from Trump’s home under seal.

On Monday, the Justice Department said it will comply with the request and submit the information under seal by Tuesday.

In the department’s filing, prosecutors said the filtering team followed the procedures it set out in the warrant for handling any materials that may be under the privilege of attorney-client privilege, including showing them to court for a decision. .

The department is currently conducting a classification assessment of the seized materials with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), it said, adding that ODNI is separately in charge of an “intelligence community assessment of the potential risk to national security.” that could arise if they were ever exposed.

The search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, ordered by Attorney General Merrick Garland, marked a significant escalation of one of several federal and state investigations Trump is facing, involving his time in office and in private affairs is involved.

The department is investigating Trump for unlawfully holding national defense information, a violation of the Espionage Act, and is also investigating whether he tried to obstruct the criminal investigation.

In an unusual move last week, the Justice Department released a redacted copy of the legal document outlining evidence it used to convince magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to approve a search warrant. read more

It revealed that Trump had kept records related to the country’s best-kept secrets, including those related to intelligence gathering and clandestine human sources.

The US National Archives first discovered that Trump had kept classified material in January after returning 15 boxes of presidential documents he had kept in Mar-a-Lago.

After the FBI searched his home this month, it has taken away additional material, including 11 more sets of classified records.

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Berkrot

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