Why Appointing A 'Special Master' On Trump's Request To Review Mar-A-Lago Case Could Complicate Things

Zinger Key Points
  • A special master would inspect seized records and set aside those covered by executive privilege
  • Experts question who would assume the role and how they would carry out their duties
  • Possible conflict with DoJ's 'taint team' could work in favor of Trump, says expert
Why Appointing A 'Special Master'  On Trump's Request To Review Mar-A-Lago Case Could Complicate Things

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to review the materials recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence could be complicated, according to experts.

What Happened: On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon issued an order in which she provided notice of the court’s “ preliminary intent to appoint a special master.”

Cannon, a Trump appointee, gave the prosecutors until Tuesday to file a response to Trump’s request for the appointment of a special master, according to the order.

The judge’s ruling prompted questions surrounding who could be qualified to take on the position of a special master and how they might go around doing their job.

“It’s going to have to be somebody with expertise and experience in classified and national defense information. Those people don’t grow on trees,” said Stanley Brand, a defense attorney focused on representing clients in government investigations, The Washington Post reported.

“They are either former-somethings in the government or lawyers with a lot of experience in those issues. But that will be a contested issue as well. Once again, we’re on the frontier."

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Why It Matters: Last week, Trump’s attorneys asked for the appointment of a special master — a neutral third-party attorney who would inspect seized records and set aside those covered by executive privilege. 

Brand said the special master, if appointed, could clash with the U.S. Department of Justice’s “filter team” or “taint team” — officials unconnected with the case who ensure investigators don’t see material that could taint the case, reported the Post.

“The question for me is: What if the special master takes a different position than the taint team? How does that get resolved?” said Brand, adding that such a possibility could work in Trump’s favor.

The appointment could be irrelevant by the time both the plaintiff and defendants appear before the judge again if the review of the documents is almost complete. 

Mary McCord, the assistant attorney general for national security during the Obama administration, said, “There’s already been a team reviewing this for almost three weeks now ... There’s public pressure on them,” as per the report.

Former Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann questioned whether Cannon’s court could maintain jurisdiction in the case as the documents are in the federal government’s possession in Washington and no longer in Southern Florida.

Weissmann, who was a senior prosecutor in former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, reportedly said it was unprecedented that a special master was appointed to assess executive privilege. 

“DOJ has a lot of work to do in terms of setting out not just a particular position on a special master but elucidating [Cannon] on issues about attorney-client privilege and executive privilege,” he was quoted as saying.

Notably, Trump’s legal team has filed the motion for the appointment of a special master before Cannon and not Judge Bruce Reinhart, who issued the search warrant for his Palm Beach estate. 

Last week, Trump said on Truth Social that Reinhart had recused himself two months ago from a civil suit due to the latter’s “bias and animus,” according to a prior report.

Truth Social is owned by Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) — a company set to go public through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp DWAC

Price Action: On Friday, DWAC shares closed 6.5% lower at $27.52 in the regular session and rose 0.3% in extended trading, according to data from Benzinga Pro.

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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