WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has completed its review of potentially privileged documents Former President Donald Trump’s assets seized in Florida this month and has identified “a limited set of materials that potentially contain insider attorney-client information,” according to a court filing on Monday.
By revealing that the department had completed its review of potentially privileged communications, law enforcement officials appeared to be suggesting that the appointment of an outside special master might now be moot. The department had been relying on a specialized team to screen potentially privileged communications and said Monday that it had completed its review of those materials ahead of the judge’s order.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon said Saturday that it was her “preliminary intent” to appoint a special master, which would be an early procedural victory for Trump’s legal team, but she gave the department a chance to respond and scheduled a hearing. on Thursday to discuss the matter further.
The judge also ordered the Justice Department to seal a more detailed description of the materials that were seized from Trump’s Palm Beach property, something the department said Monday it would do.