A judge granted Donald Trump’s request and ordered the Justice Department to stop reviewing classified materials seized from his residence. She explained this by fearing the threat to institutions and the risk of leaking information to the media that could damage Trump.
“Plaintiffs face incalculable potential harm from the improper disclosure of sensitive information to the public,” U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon wrote in the 24-page decision.
She released it today, when Americans commemorate Labor Day.
Cannon also agreed to appoint a special supervisor to review the seized materials for possible attorney and executive confidentiality.
Prosecutors have previously expressed chagrin at Trump’s request, saying there is no precedent for it. They deny that a former president can invoke that privilege, which would prevent review of the materials by the acting executive branch — especially if the government has determined it is urgent.
Judge Cannon is in office because she was appointed to it in 2020 by Donald Trump. (Politico)