Florida judge formally dismisses Trump’s Mar-a-Lago special master bid

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Florida judge formally dismisses Trump’s Mar-a-Lago special master bid

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Samuel Chamberlain

December 12, 2022 10:25am 

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A South Florida federal judge officially dismissed former President Donald Trump’s request for a third party to examine documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago resort in August after an appeals court found she lacked jurisdiction in the case earlier this month.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the matter closed in a one-page order filed Monday  11 days after a three-judge appeals panel ruled Cannon had erred in ordering Brooklyn federal judge Raymond Dearie to scrutinize papers taken from the Palm Beach residence Aug. 8 to determine whether they were covered by executive, attorney-client or other privileges.

Cannon’s Sept. 5 order appointing Dearie as special master had slowed the pace of the probe into whether Trump, 76, violated federal law governing the retention of sensitive records by removing presidential papers and other documents to Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House in January 2021.

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Former President Donald Trump had requested that a third party scrutinize documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago resort in August.

As part of her order, Cannon told the DOJ to stop using the seized documents as part of its investigation into Trump until Dearie could complete his review.

However, the appeals court judges found that Cannon’s order was a “needless judicial intrusion” into the case.

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