- The DOJ’s appeal to continue to review classified documents for its probe was rejected on Thursday.
- A federal judge was not convinced that Trump couldn’t have “possessory interest” in the documents.
- The judge could not accept DOJ’s claim until a special master review was completed.
A federal judge said she could not accept the Justice Department’s claim that Donald Trump does not “have a possessory interest” in some documents that were seized from Mar-a-Lago just because they’re classified government records without further review by a third party.
On Thursday, Judge Aileen M. Cannon of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida appointed a special master to review more than 11,000 documents seized from Mar-a-Lago in August and rejected the DOJ’s appeal that would have allowed the department to continue to use a set of classified records as part of its criminal investigation during that review.
As part of her reasoning, Judge Cannon wrote in her decision that her court can’t accept the department’s claims that Trump should not have had the classified documents until the review by a special master is completed.
“The Court does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s