Judge Grants Trump’s Request for Raid Special Master

Judge Grants Trump's Request for Raid Special Master donald trump applauds on stage at his latest save america rally saturday night Former President Donald Trump (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Monday, 05 September 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A federal judge Monday granted in part former President Donald Trump's request to appoint a special master to review documents the FBI seized from his Florida home in August, a court filing showed.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon came despite the objections of the Justice Department, which said an outside legal expert was not necessary in part because officials had already completed their review of potentially privileged documents. The judge had previously signaled her inclination to approve a special master, asking a department lawyer during arguments this month, "What is the harm?"

The appointment might slow the pace of the department's investigation into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago, but it is unlikely to affect any investigative decisions or the ultimate outcome of the probe.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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