WASHINGTON (TSTIME) — A federal judge in Florida told the Justice Department on Saturday to provide her with more specific information about the classified documents removed from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, saying it was her “tentative intention” to appoint a special master in Florida. the case.
The two-page injunction from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon indicates she is inclined to grant a request from Trump’s attorneys, who this week called for the appointment of an independent special master to oversee the assessment of the data from Mar-a-Lago and the identification of all documents that may be protected by executive powers, and to guarantee the return of documents that are outside the scope of the search warrant.
The judge has scheduled a hearing Thursday to discuss the matter further, suggesting the Justice Department will have a chance to object to the judge’s intentions. In other recent high-profile cases in which a special master has been appointed, the person has been a former judge.
Cannon has also ordered the Justice Department to file a sealed file containing her more detailed descriptions of the material extracted from Trump’s estate, “indicating all seized property.” The former president’s lawyers have complained that investigators did not provide them with enough information about which specific documents were removed when agents issued a search warrant on Aug. 8 to search for classified documents.
The special chief appointment is unlikely to significantly influence the direction of the Justice Department’s investigation, although it is possible that an outside review of the documents would delay the investigation.
This article originally appeared on The Singapore Time and has been updated.