The Justice Division on Monday mentioned its workforce tasked with figuring out potential attorney-client privileged supplies that had been seized within the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property earlier this month has already accomplished its overview and is within the strategy of addressing doable privilege disputes.
In a submitting acknowledging receipt of District Decide Aileen Cannon’s order Saturday, which indicated she was leaning in direction of granting a request from Trump’s authorized workforce to nominate a particular grasp to intervene within the ongoing overview of paperwork seized from Mar-a-Lago, the division mentioned its filter workforce already “recognized a restricted set of supplies that doubtlessly comprise attorney-client privileged data.”
Because the division has acknowledged in earlier filings, that filter workforce is separate from the workforce concerned in DOJ’s ongoing prison investigation.
The Trump authorized workforce, nonetheless, has requested for the appointment of a particular matter to undertake a overview of any supplies within the search that could possibly be coated by govt privilege, although it is unclear how such supplies could be recognized or what foundation there could be to exclude them from DOJ’s ongoing investigation.
The division additionally notified Decide Cannon that DOJ and the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence are conducting a classification overview of supplies recovered from Mar-a-Lago in addition to a separate intelligence group evaluation of any potential danger of nationwide safety that will end in disclosure of any of the labeled supplies.
DOJ says it expects to file a extra detailed response to Trump’s request for a particular grasp by finish of day Tuesday, in keeping with the deadline set Saturday by Decide Cannon. Trump’s attorneys have beforehand mentioned they had been informed by DOJ that they might oppose such an appointment.
A listening to is at present set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in West Palm Seaside the place Decide Cannon will hear arguments from each side on the request.