The White House said that an intelligence review of documents seized during the FBI’s stunning raid of former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was “appropriate” while denying that it had any involvement in the process.
“The White House is not involved in the damage assessment that the DNI is going to be conducting over these documents,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “It is an appropriate action for the director and the intelligence community to undertake.”
Kirby was referring to the letter sent by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to top House Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York that her office is conducting a review to determine if the “disclosure of the relevant documents” were a threat to national security, the two top House Democrats had requested that a damage assessment be done relating to the documents, suggesting that their mortal enemy Trump put the nation’s security at “grave risk” in a letter dated August 13th.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 14, 2022
Also on Monday, the Justice Department said that a certain number of the documents could “potentially contain attorney-client privileged information,” an acknowledgment of an order from Florida U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon who is considering the appointment of an independent special master to review the documents that President Joe Biden’s FBI confiscated during the storming of Trump’s South Florida resort home.
U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez wrote in a filing that the “filter team” of employees assigned to review the material has “identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information,” according to The Hill.
“A functioning filter team could make it harder for Trump to argue a special master is necessary, and a judge in the case has already asked the former president’s legal team to expand on the legal reasoning in its initial filing requesting the court’s intervention,” the outlet reported.
Judge Cannon signaled that she was considering the appointment of the special master, a request from Trump’s legal team.
“Pursuant to Rule 53(b) (1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case,” Judge Cannon wrote in a Saturday court filing, scheduling a Thursday hearing to further discuss the matter.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 28, 2022
Meanwhile, the target of the unprecedented raid and ongoing political persecution from the regime took to Truth Social to weigh in on a related development.
“The fired agent who was just escorted out of the FBI headquarters is the person who got the FBI to do a Raid on a home, Mar-a-Lago, that has ‘stirred’ the World and created anger and hostility toward the FBI and DOJ the likes of which have perhaps never been seen in our Country before. The ‘Special Agent’ In Charge of the unprecedented and unnecessary Raid and Break In of Mar-a-Lago, who concealed the partisan nature of evidence to secure the FBI’s approval to open an investigation…,” Trump wrote on his social media platform regarding reports that a top FBI agent was escorted out of the building after a whistleblower said that he demonstrated “political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations.”
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