What's next now that a special master has been chosen to review the Mar-a-Lago docs
September 16, 2022 at 03:51
US District Judge Aileen Cannon appointed Raymond Dearie , a Brooklyn based senior federal judge, to be the special master to review the materials that were seized.
If the Justice Department asks the circuit court to quickly step in, it will go to a panel of three randomly selected judges from the court.
The criminal probe, for now, has major limits on what it can doFor as long as the special master process is ongoing, the Justice Department criminal investigation will not be able to use the documents it seized at Mar-a-Lago last month.
Special master review stretches into the holidaysThe special master review, if it continues forward uninterrupted, will likely stretch past the midterm elections and into the holidays.
By September 25, the special master will have to advise Cannon of the timelines for DOJ and Trump's lawyers to work through the documents.
Cannon ordered the special master to aim to finish by November 30.
Trump however, will have to cover the costs of the entire special master review, Cannon ruled.
The Justice Department had argued the intelligence community review and criminal investigations cannot be separated.
The lack of clarity could be one of the issues the Justice Department raises to the 11th Circuit if and when it asks the appeals court to step in.
The special master comes in next, asking the Justice Department for its say on each document.
The document-by-document approach will pick through all the evidence seized from Mar-a-Lago before it can be used in the DOJ's criminal investigation.
Trump's lawyers and the Justice Department will have opportunities to object to what Dearie decides on each document, potentially putting some decisions privilege ultimately in the judge's hands.