Appeals panel to review Mar-a-Lago records as special counsel Smith takes over probes of disgraced former president

Source: USA Today

“Days after the appointment of special counsel Jack Smith to investigate Donald Trump, a three-judge panel of federal appeals judges will consider Tuesday whether a special master should be reviewing 11,000 documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. The Justice Department appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the order from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon appointing the special master, U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, as ‘unwarranted.’ Trump has ‘no plausible claim of executive privilege as to any of the seized materials’ and had not demonstrated that provisions to screen out documents that might involve attorney-client communications were ‘inadequate,’ government lawyers argued. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointed Smith on Friday to oversee the investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his unauthorized transfer of classified documents to Mar-a-Lago after he left the White House.” (11/22/22)