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Judge announces ‘intention’ to appoint special captain to review Mar-a-Lago documents

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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Saturday issued a two-page injunction stating she “intends” to grant former President Donald Trump’s request to appoint a special master.

The special captain, a third-party attorney, would be instructed to examine the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago and determine if any of them are beyond the scope of the search warrant that triggered the raid. Trump’s legal team filed a lawsuit last week asking the court to block the FBI from reviewing classified materials obtained from Mar-a-Lago until a special master could review them.

“Consistent with Rule 53(b) (1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the inherent jurisdiction of the Court, and without prejudice to the objections of the parties, the Court hereby gives notice of its preliminary intention to grant a special captain,” Kanon wrote.

Cannon also told the Justice Department to give her more information about the classified documents taken from the former president’s residence. A hearing is scheduled for September 1 at 1 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Florida.

On Saturday night, Trump posted to Truth Social that a “Florida federal judge” – Cannon – “has just taken over the Presidential Records Act case, including the unprecedented, unnecessary and unannounced FBI/DOJ Raid (Break-In!) house.” He made no mention of her statements about his request for a special master.

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