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Here’s what a ‘special teacher’ is and what it means for Mar-a-Lago research

A federal judge noted a “preliminary intent” to grant the request, which could further complicate the DOJ’s investigation into the White House documents Trump brought to his Florida residence.

Here’s what a special teacher is and what it would mean for materials seized from Mar-a-Lago.

A special master is a third party attorney appointed by a court to oversee part of a given case.

If appointed in the Trump case, the special master would oversee the Justice Department’s review of evidence gathered at his beach club and leak privileged material that may have been seized in the search.

Why does Trump want a special teacher?

Trump’s legal team widely argues that a special master is needed to ensure that the Justice Department returns any of his private documents seized during the Mar-a-Lago search.

Lawyers for the former president say his constitutional rights were violated and privileged materials may have been seized. But in court filings, Trump has not explained what exactly he expected a special teacher to leak, other than general allusions to “privileged and potentially privileged materials.”

Still, generally speaking, it’s not out of the law for Trump to want a special master involved in reviewing evidence seized from his Florida residence.

What is the position of the Department of Justice?

The department has already indicated that it is using an internal screening team to review seized items, to separate material that could be subject to privilege claims.

DOJ said in a court filing Monday that it identified “a limited set of materials” from its search for documents taken from Mar-a-Lago that potentially contain material covered by attorney-client privilege and is in the process of addressing privilege disputes.
Justice officials also confirmed that US intelligence officials are reviewing the documents for classified materials.

Investigators have already mentioned the work of a filter team when they returned to Trump private documents that would not be part of the investigation, such as two expired passports and his diplomatic passport.

The Justice Department, in court documents, has said it believed the evidence it collected at Mar-a-Lago will support its criminal investigation into the mishandling of federal records, including national defense material, after the investigation team Trump to bring boxes of records to Florida when he left office.

The probe is also looking into a possible obstruction of justice investigation.

Where is the special master request?

District Court Judge Aileen Cannon in the Southern District of Florida has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to consider Trump’s request for a special teacher. In doing so, the court noted to the parties that it had a “preliminary intention” to appoint the special master.

Cannon said at the end of the order that it should not be construed as his final decision on the matter, and he previously directed Trump’s attorneys to elaborate on why the court has the ability to intervene at this time, explain what exactly Trump is asking and whether the Justice Department has received Trump’s special master motion.

CNN’s Katelyn Polantz, Kaitlan Collins, Tierney Sneed and Kara Scannell contributed to this report.

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