‘Need for a Special Master Remains’: Trump Lawyer Refutes DOJ Claim

Former President Donald Trump during a rally in Waukesha, Wis., on Aug. 5, 2022. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A lawyer for former President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of demanding the court “stand down from even considering” appointing a “special master” to review documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago.

Lawyer Lindsey Halligan argued the DOJ’s response underscored the need for a special master.

“While DOJ may have succeeded in taking a partial filter to their rummaged proceeds, the need for a Special Master remains in place,” Halligan wrote in a brief filed ahead of a hearing on Thursday (pdf).

“Assuring access by [Trump’s] counsel to the seized materials, sharing an actual (detailed) inventory, making independent attorney-client privilege assessments, and making executive privilege determinations are all responsibilities that are best served by appointment of a Special Master.”

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