Florida federal magistrate Elaine Cannon this Monday canceled a review of official documents conducted by an independent expert at the request of former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) by FBI agents at his Mar-a-Lago mansion. After a search, in South Florida.
“This case is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction,” the judge said in a brief brief filed in a West Palm Beach court, with which he officially ended the figure of a “special master” or independent expert. The lawyers and the magistrate, who had requested for the ex-pres.
Cannon appointed veteran New York judge Raymond Derry as an expert witness to review documents seized from Trump’s Florida mansion on August 8, with a December 16 deadline to complete his work.
But the magistrate has had to backtrack after earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit sided with the Justice Department, which in October requested the cancellation of Cannon’s order that called for the appointment of an independent expert. Green was born. ,
The US Department of Justice not only scores a judicial victory but also demands it in court: full access to more than 13,000 official documents, including at least 100 marked “classified”, which reveal information about the former president. have been found in possession.
The expert figure was the result of a lawsuit filed by the former president two weeks after the search at Mar-a-Lago, in which he requested that a “special master” investigate whether any of the seized documents were covered up or No. By attorney-client privilege or “executive privilege”.
As a result of the expert’s appointment, even the declassified documents were outside the scope of the government’s investigation into official documents that were not delivered after the former president left the White House in January 2021, when his term had expired. …and if he has also committed the offense of obstruction.
An earlier ruling by the same Atlanta, Georgia-based appeals court granted government attorneys access to more than 100 classified documents that were outside Judge Derry’s review.
Monday’s decision comes after US media reported last week that a team hired by Donald Trump’s lawyers discovered two documents marked “classified” that the former president had in a Florida warehouse .
The search, at a warehouse in West Palm Beach managed by the Federal General Services Administration, was the result of a series of searches conducted at four locations following the order of a federal judge on suspicions that Trump may have more documents. his possession and which he has not returned to the Government.
Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said at the time that the former president and his lawyers would “remain cooperative and transparent.”