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A federal judge’s indication that she is prepared to appoint a special master to review materials seized by federal agents from Mar-a-Lago could present new complications and unresolved legal questions in the federal government’s high-stakes quest to wrest control of the documents from former president Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s two-page order issued Saturday appeared unusual in that the judge has not yet heard arguments from the Justice Department, said former federal prosecutors and legal analysts on Sunday.
Cannon, 41, whom Trump appointed to the bench in the Southern District of Florida in 2020, has also given federal officials until Tuesday to provide the court with a more detailed list of items the FBI had removed from Trump’s Florida estate on Aug. 8.
She asked the government to give a status report of its own review of the materials and set a Thursday court hearing in West Palm Beach, Fla. That location is about an…
This article was written by David Nakamura and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com