In response to a motion by former President Donald Trump and his legal team, a Florida Judge filed an order announcing the court’s intention to appoint a special master to review records seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Southern Florida District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated by the former President during his time in the White House, wrote in her ruling: “The Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case.”
Cannon’s ruling came after Trump filed a motion that a special master reviews the seized documents before the FBI can review them.
The hearing to determine whether the court should appoint a special master will take place on Thursday (September 1).
The FBI has until Wednesday (August 31) to file its response.
Trump would also have to file his response to the FBI’s response by next week.
Cannon’s ruling comes a day after a redacted version of the affidavit which prompted a judge to sign the search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was released.
The redacted affidavit, which was mocked by many of Trump’s Allies, showed that there was evidence of possible obstruction.
During the raid, the FBI uncovered 15 boxes of Classified material, despite Trump previously indicating he had returned all classified information to the White House.
Trump argues he declassified all material found at his property.