In a Monday court filing, Joe Biden’s U.S. Department of Justice admitted it seized material “potentially contain[ing] attorney-client privileged information” from 45th President Trump in a raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The Daily Wire reports:
The DOJ admission comes as U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon weighs whether to appoint a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of materials seized in an August 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago. Trump’s legal team requested the special master last week, claiming that the former president needed a safeguard against the DOJ obtaining privileged information.
“Although the government will provide the Court more detail in its forthcoming supplemental filing, the government notes that, before the Court issued its Preliminary Order, and in accordance with the judicially authorized search warrant’s provisions, the [FBI] Privilege Review Team … identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures set forth in paragraph 84 of the search warrant affidavit to address potential privilege disputes, if any,” the DOJ filing said.
Judge Cannon on Saturday appeared to be leaning toward appointing a special master in the case. She said she had “preliminary intent” to honor Trump’s request.
The DOJ has a deadline of Tuesday to respond to Trump’s civil lawsuit, in which he requested the special master, and to provide the court with a detailed list of the material removed from Mar-a-Lago earlier this month. The DOJ said the list of seized material would be filed under seal and unavailable to the public.
Trump filed suit against the federal government’s August 22, 2022 raid on his home, which stipulated the raid seemed to be politically motivated rather than based on laws and facts.
The suit stated that “the Government has failed to legitimize its historic decision,” calling Attorney General Garland’s involvement in sanctioning the raid “unheard-of,”, especially with a press conference Garland held.