The special master in charge of reviewing documents in Donald Trump’s classified documents case has announced that he would discuss with the National Archives and Records Administration the way that material is being categorized under the Presidents Record Act.
Judge Raymond Dearie, who has to independently review thousands of documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida estate in August is looking to see whether any of the documents in his hands are protected by attorney-client or special privilege.
On Monday, in court filings, Dearie announced that he would be in contact with the National Archives to discuss the categorization of presidential materials. He also encouraged anyone looking to comment on this consultation should submit a letter by November 10. The letter would have a maximum of three pages.
Trump has maintained that there has been no mishandling of documents or other wrongdoings relating to the Mar-a-Lago case. Still, this case could affect his chances if he intends to seek another term in the White House in 2024.
During a rally in Dayton, Ohio on Monday night, Trump had said that he intends to make “a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.”
Andrew Weissman, a former federal prosecutor, took to Twitter to say that Dearie’s move is an “interesting new development”, however, that this development might be deemed unimportant if the Department of Justice wins its appeal and the special master review is no longer necessary in this case. The DOJ has claimed that District Judge Aileen Cannon did not have any reasonable justification for the appointment of the special master.
Legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Joyce Alene also said that the special masters would indeed become irrelevant if the DoJ’s appeal is successful.