Trump documents probe: Judge appears open to special master

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge appears to have given a boost to former President Donald Trump’s hopes for appointing an outside legal expert to review government records seized by the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon questioned the Justice Department’s arguments that Trump couldn’t make the request and that it would needlessly delay its investigation. But she did not rule on the request Thursday, saying she would do so later.

Lawyers for Trump say the appointment of a special master is necessary to ensure an independent inspection of the documents seized by the FBI during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department has said an appointment is unwarranted because investigators have completed their review of potentially privileged records.

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Republicans notably silent, split as Trump probe deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, Republicans were highly critical of the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. But as new details emerge about the more than 100 classified documents the former president haphazardly stashed at his private home office, Republicans have gone notably silent.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declined to respond Wednesday when asked about the latest developments in the Justice Department’s probe. He told reporters in Kentucky he didn’t have “any observations about that.”

While the unprecedented search of a former president’s home has galvanized many Republicans to Trump’s defense, others in the party are unwilling to speak up, wary of crossing him.

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