The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday appealed a federal judge’s decision to grant former President Donald Trump’s request to appoint a special master to review documents seized by FBI agents in his Mar-a-Lago estate last month.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump’s request on Monday after weighing concerns raised by attorneys for Trump and the DOJ. Judge Cannon said the court was “conscious of the need to provide at least the appearance of fairness and integrity in the extraordinary circumstances presented” in the order appointing a special master.
Judge Cannon also included an order that “temporarily prohibits the government from reviewing and using seized documents for investigative purposes.”
In the appeal, DOJ attorneys doubled down on their argument that the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago were not Trump’s “personal records,” giving him no right to possess them.
Government lawyers have also requested a partial stay of Judge Cannon’s order while the appeal is pending. “Furthermore, the government and the public are irreparably harmed when a criminal investigation into matters involving national security risks is ordered,” DOJ attorneys argued.
After filing the notice of appeal, the DOJ asks the federal judge to stay it:
* injunction preventing them from using the files seized at Mar-a-Lago for their investigation.
* order to transform classified files into a special master.
Doc: https://t.co/68Hj0ve7Oh pic.twitter.com/oZDBE4wTqr
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) September 8, 2022
Trump criticized the DOJ for using taxpayer funds to appeal Judge Cannon’s order in an article on Truth Social shortly after the DOJ filed its appeal.
So now the FBI and Biden Justice Department leakers are going to spend millions of dollars, and vast amounts of time and energy, appealing the Order on the “Raid of Mar-a -Lago Document Hoax,” by a brilliant and brave judge whose words of wisdom have rung true across our nation, instead of fighting corruption and the record crime unfolding before their eyes. They spied on my campaign, lied to FISA COURT, told Facebook “quiet”, presides over the WORST CRIME WAVE EVER!!
MEANWHILE: On Truth Social, Trump rails against the DOJ’s appeal, praising Cannon as ‘a brilliant and courageous judge whose words of wisdom rang true throughout our nation’. https://t.co/AzNm4Y3Yu9 pic.twitter.com/2J4yc0fzyH
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 8, 2022
Trump also accused the government of filing “false evidence”.
“They leak, lie, plant false evidence, allow spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA court, attack and rob my house, lose documents, then they demand me, as the 45th President of the United States , to trust them,” Trump added. “Look at the IG reports on Comey, McCabe and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park!
Per Judge Cannon’s order, Trump’s legal team must submit a list of proposed special master nominees along with an outline of their “duties and limitations” by Friday.
Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.