Judge does not issue ruling on Trump's 'special master' request

The Justice Department argued that it is unnecessary and even harmful to national security if a special master is appointed
Donald Trump, Aug. 6, 2022, Dallas, Texas

The Florida judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's request to appoint a "special master" to review documents seized by the FBI during its raid of Mar-a-Lago did not issue a ruling at the conclusion of the hearing, but she plans on unsealing an inventory of what agents took, as well as a status report from the investigative team.

Trump's legal team argued Thursday against Justice Department prosecutors in front of Florida Southern U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee.

Cannon did not issue a ruling from the bench, Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell said. Despite unsealing a "detailed inventory" and the FBI team's status report, she kept the "filter team report sealed," following an objection from Trump's attorneys, Lowell stated.

She also reserved ruling on a request from a filter team attorney to turn materials over that are potentially related to privileged material.

Judge Cannon did not give a specific date or time as to when she will release her written ruling but said it will come "in due course," Fox reported.

The Justice Department argued in a filing Tuesday that the appointment of a special master – a third-party overseer – is "unnecessary and would significantly harm important governmental interests, including national security interests." 

Trump's attorneys responded Wednesday, saying a "fair-minded" Justice Department "that truly embraced the highest ethical standards would, and should, agree" to such a neutral observer.

A heavily-redacted version of the affidavit used for the warrant in the FBI's raid of Trump's Florida home was released last week despite the Justice Department's protests.