U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon has revealed that among the documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago from former President Trump were 40 years’ worth of medical records and accounting information connected to his taxes.
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The judge halted on Monday the FBI’s review of more than 11,000 documents the agency seized from Trump’s residence, according to Fox News. She ordered an independent special master be appointed to review the records for attorney-client and executive privilege.
“According to the Privilege Review Team’s Report, the seized materials include medical documents, correspondence related to taxes, and accounting information,” Cannon stated in her order.
Democrats have been after Trump’s taxes for years. It appears that the tax documents were more of a target in the raid than imagined nuclear codes or information. In August a federal appeals court opened the door for the House Ways and Means Committee to get its paws on Trump’s taxes under a law that permits the disclosure of an individual’s tax returns to the congressional committee.
There is an excellent chance that Trump will seek emergency intervention measures from the Supreme Court to temporarily block any release of those tax records to the committee.
In another major victory for Trump, court will appoint special master to review Trump raid documents — and enjoins Biden operation from using docs for "investigation" in meantime. Massive vote of no confidence in Biden DOJ/FBI!
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 5, 2022
“The United States is examining the opinion and will consider appropriate next steps in the ongoing litigation,” Justice Department Spokesman Anthony Coley commented in a statement.
Following an order from Cannon, the Justice Department filed a detailed list last week of documents taken in the raid at Mar-a-Lago including empty folders with classified markings. They also took more than 1,000 documents that were not classified, clothing and gift items, hundreds of printed news articles, as well as passports. Much of what was seized was headed for Trump’s presidential library according to the former president.
The judge said the government acknowledged seizing some personal effects “without evidentiary value,” with “upwards of 500 pages of material potentially subject to attorney-client privilege.”
Cannon was also concerned about potential leaks to the media concerning the documents.
Similar things happened in Soviet Union.
— Wolfvillage84🧢 (@wolfvillage84) September 6, 2022
“In addition to being deprived of potentially significant personal documents, which alone creates a real harm, Plaintiff faces an unquantifiable potential harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” Cannon noted.
“As a function of Plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own. A future indictment, based to any degree on property that ought to be returned, would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude,” she asserted.
Of special note is the order by the judge halting the Justice Department’s “taint” or “filter” team’s review of seized records.
“Furthermore, in natural conjunction with that appointment, and consistent with the value and sequence of special master procedures, the Court also temporarily enjoins the Government from reviewing and using the seized materials for investigative purposes pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order,” Cannon wrote.
Disgusting the things that are happening in our country with this administration… I never imagine to see this level of corruption in our country… How sad… 🥺
— Oscar Aguilar (@OscarChristian) September 6, 2022
The order, however, “shall not impede the classification review and/or intelligence assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (‘ODNI’) as described in the Government’s Notice of Receipt of Preliminary Order.”
The appointment of a special master is a win for Trump who requested it in August following the unprecedented search of his residence. His legal team argued that the DOJ’s “Privilege Review Team” should not be the final arbiter of whether its actions were proper and that the review team’s scope was too narrow.
Why did they the Trump’s medical records? Went though Melania’s underwear? What were they looking for in Barron’s room? They just wanted to violate Trump and scare him. Oh they succeeded in doing is making us hate them more
— ♦️RitaBabyBoomer45♦️ (@RBoomer45) September 6, 2022
After the judge issued her order, Trump blasted the “corrupt” Justice Department on Truth Social.
“Remember, it takes courage and ‘guts’ to fight a totally corrupt Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI,” he charged. “They are being pushed to do the wrong things by many sinister and evil outside sources.”
“Until impartiality, wisdom, fairness, and courage are shown by them, our Country can never come back or recover–it will be reduced to being a Third World Nation!” Trump railed.
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