The order of District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to appoint a special master to review documents that were seized by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate has been appealed by the Department of Justice, and the Eleventh Circuit Court has agreed to expedite the appeal by granting it priority status.
The Justice Department is opposed to both the appointment of an independent special master to review the seized documents and Cannon's order that halted federal investigators from reviewing the documents that were seized and marked as classified. The appointment of an independent special master to review the seized documents is also opposed by the Justice Department. Because of Cannon's ruling, the continuing criminal investigation into Trump's handling of secret documents at the Justice Department was essentially put on hold.
In a ruling that was published on Wednesday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals said that the case will be examined on its individual merits "sometime after November 17."
Earlier, a different panel of the 11th Circuit had ruled against Trump's request to have the special master analyse around one hundred confiscated papers that had classified marks for executive and attorney-client privilege. These documents had been marked as having been classified. On Tuesday, President Trump's legal team formally requested that the Supreme Court conduct an independent review of that particular portion of the case.
In the meantime, Trump's legal team has taken their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where they have requested that Justice Clarence Thomas, who presides over the 11th Circuit and has jurisdiction over it, lift the stay that has allowed the Justice Department to continue their review of classified documents that were seized during the unprecedented raid that the FBI conducted on Mar-a-Lago.
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