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Appeals court vacates order appointing Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant watchdog


A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022.Giorgio Viera | AFP | Getty ImagesA federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge’s decision to appoint a watchdog known as a special master to review thousands of documents seized by the FBI from the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump as part of a criminal investigation.”This appeal requires us to consider whether the district court had jurisdiction to block the United States from using lawfully seized records in a criminal investigation,” a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit wrote in its ruling.”The answer is no,” the panel wrote. All three judges on the panel were put there by Republican presidents. Trump appointed Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher, while Chief Judge Bill Pryor was appointed by George W. Bush.Their ruling could accelerate the pace of the Department of Ju …

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