In a win for Trump, judge agrees to special master request

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A federal judge has granted Donald Trump's request for an independent review of the materials seized by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago resort in what CNN deems "a significant victory for the former president." Trump's lawyers argued a neutral third-party "special master" was required in the case because of distrust in the Justice Department; "at issue," explains The Washington Post, "is whether [Trump] can block prosecutors from making use of documents he says should be protected by some form of legal privilege."

The decision by District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, also halts the Justice Department from continuing its review of the Mar-a-Lago documents "pending completion of the special master's review or further court order," though federal prosecutors will likely appeal the decision, CNN reports.

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