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Trump asks judge to deny DOJ request on special master

Former President Trump asked a federal judge on Monday to reject the Department of Justice’s obtain a stay of her ruling to let a special master review evidence seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence last month.

Why it matters: It is the latest in a glut of court filings in Trump’s dispute with the Justice Department over his handling of classified documents after his amount of time in office.

Driving the news headlines: “In what at its core is really a document storage dispute which has spiraled uncontrollable, the federal government wrongfully seeks to criminalize the possession by the 45th President of their own Presidential and personal records,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the filing.

  • The lawyers added that there “is … a threat of irreparable problems for President Trump if the documents aren’t first reviewed by way of a neutral alternative party,” the filing said.

The picture as a whole: The DOJ the other day appealed U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling a special master ought to be appointed to dig through the data at Trump’s Florida residence.

  • The DOJ also filed a motion for a partial stay of Cannon’s order, pending an appeal, saying that the intelligence community’s review “can’t be readily segregated” from the criminal investigation.
  • “Moreover, the federal government and the general public are irreparably injured whenever a criminal investigation of matters involving risks to national security is enjoined,” the DOJ wrote in the motion for a stay.
  • Both Trump and the DOJ on Friday each filed a listing of proposed special master candidates to examine the data seized from Mar-a-Lago last month.

Go deeper: DOJ and Trump’s legal team submit special master proposals

Editor’s note: It is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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