DOJ Wins Faster Schedule for Mar-a-Lago Special Master Appeal

(Bloomberg) -- A federal appeals court granted the Justice Department's request to expedite its challenge to a Florida judge's appointment of a so-called special master to review thousands of White House documents seized from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate became.
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Wednesday's 11th Circuit Court of Appeals order did not immediately specify when judges would hear arguments -- or which judges would hear the case -- but set a timeline for the briefing, which ends on Nov. 17.
"After consultation with the Chief Justice, the appeal will be assigned to a special panel of merits from the classified appeal record, chosen at random by the court clerk," the court wrote. "This body will decide when and how oral arguments will take place."
Trump's legal team has opposed putting the case on an accelerated track, arguing instead that a hearing should not be held until January at the earliest. The appeals court gave Trump until Nov. 10 to file his brief, six days more than the government suggested but less time than Trump's attorneys wanted. The government letter is due on October 14.
The order is the latest setback for Trump before the Court of Appeals, which previously denied his attempt to block the Justice Department from accessing about 100 documents bearing non-disclosure marks — some marked Top Secret — seized at his home. The DOJ argued the documents are key to its ongoing criminal investigation into Trump's handling of white documents.
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Read more: Mar-a-Lago documents contained pardons, emails, court bills
Chief U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, a semi-retired Brooklyn judge, is the special judge overseeing a review of 11,000 documents seized in Mar-a-Lago in August as part of a federal investigation into whether government records were mishandled.
US District Judge Aileen Cannon, the Florida federal judge presiding over the document fight, earlier this week extended the timeline for Dearie's work to mid-December.
Cannon's order appointing the special master temporarily bans the government from using most of the confiscated documents.
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The case is Trump v. US, 22-13005, 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals (Atlanta).
(Updates with details from the appeals case.)
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