Donald Trump

Justice Department Files 40-Page Opposition to Mar-a-Lago Special Master Request

By Hyemin Han, Tia Sewell
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 11:39 PM

Running up against its Aug. 30 11:59 p.m. deadline, the Justice Department filed its motion opposing former President Donald Trump’s request that a special master be appointed to oversee the handling of documents seized at his Mar-a-Lago residence on Aug. 8. While arguing that a special master should not be appointed, the motion outlined limitations that should apply should the request be granted—as U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon indicated she was inclined to do on Aug. 29. The filing also included six attachments, one of which was an image of a pile of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago showing Top Secret and Secret documents "recovered from a container in the '45 office.'" The Justice Department also filed under seal earlier today the "more detailed Receipt of Property" of items seized during the search and a report on the status of the filter review of those materials as ordered by Cannon.

You can read the full filing here or below: