A little labor on Labor Day: The federal judge blocks the DOJ from using any material seized during the search of Trump’s home, and appoints a special master with four powers

By Robert Willmann

On this Labor Day, the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit by Donald Trump asking that a special master be appointed to review the items seized from his home in Florida, and that using the material for criminal investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI be halted for the time being, signed an order granting those requests, and more. The special master will also “manage assertions of privilege and make recommendations thereon, and evaluate claims for return of property”.

The DOJ on behalf of the government and Trump’s lawyers are to file a joint document by 9 September 2022 that includes–

“a. a list of proposed special master candidates; and

“b. a detailed proposed order of appointment in accordance with Rule 53(b), outlining, inter alia, the special master’s duties and limitations consistent with this Order, ex parte communication abilities, schedule for review, and compensation.

And further–

“Any points of substantive disagreement as to 3(a) or (b) should be identified in the forthcoming joint filing”.

Here is the order granting the requested relief–

Last week Tuesday, 30 August, the DOJ filed a status report of the seized material, and a more detailed inventory of the material taken, pursuant to an order from Judge Cannon. Those papers are also of interest, and I hope to provide them soon. But the order of today is the main event at the moment.

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15 Responses to A little labor on Labor Day: The federal judge blocks the DOJ from using any material seized during the search of Trump’s home, and appoints a special master with four powers

  1. Sam says:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    ― W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1919)


    I’ve agreed with this piece by Ben Hunt when he first penned it in 2018. Ben a successful portfolio and investment manager has been studying the narrative machine with his Epsilon Theory project. I also agree with him that we’ve crossed the event horizon.

    The covidian authoritarianism is as bright a red signal we can get. But as in previous epochs the majority of the population who are deeply caught up on either side of the demonization of the other can’t see beyond. Can’t recognize they’re pawns in the machinations of the most powerful. And will pay the ultimate price of unspeakable depredations.

    Our last internal war in the continental US was in reality not a civil war but a war between states. Our next war will also not be a civil war in the classic sense against the powerful but something savage. Think Bosnia, Croatia as Tito’s Yugoslavia splintered. Family against family. Brother against brother. The most powerful using the power of the government and its ability to inflict violence to enforce a new totalitarianism with the slickness of Bernays propaganda. As covidianism demonstrated, the majority will comply rapidly to the new totalitarianism and demand the dissenters be exterminated to set the proper example.

    • Fourth and Long says:

      It’s a lot like that already. Less sanguine due to social media. But the mass shooting are up to 1 per day and more. Oswald, the Cia and mob didn’t get the benefit of listening to Bob Marley. Forgot to shoot the deputy. And the bottom is dropping out. The gyre is a brilliant image. So was Poe’s Maelstrom. So was Herman Melville’s Ahab and the Great white whale Moe be Dick.

    • mcohen says:

      I could be wrong but trump had all epsteins stuff and raid was to pick it up and follow up.This will be confirmed by a maxwell release if I am right.
      Aliens are now walking amongst us.Q says so

      • Deap says:

        Internet buzz from the aliens does mention Box A-17 now crypto linked to Ghiselline’s odd name for her imaginary cell mate – also A-17. Tabloid reporting only, or just an odd coincidence? Readers to decide.

        Who still remembers jailed NYT reporter Judith Miller and her odd message from jail about — the intertwining roots of the tree– in response to her refusal to divulge who in the Bush administration had outed undercover agent Valerie Plame.

        Plame being the wife of Ambassador Joe, who had recently exposed the true nature the Niger uranium yellowcake matter, which had been being touted by GWBush (aka Dick Cheney) to claim Saddam Hussein had access to uranium-based WMD.

        Cryptic messages from jail cells in political matters – the stuff of spy craft and codes, or just Hollywood hokum?

    • Sam says:

      Under Bush, Kashkari & Paulson, we gave Hank’s buddies 700 billion fungible dollars (in 2008 that was a big number), and they paid themselves billions in BONUSES.

      Then Obama came in & appointed Wall Street lawyer Eric Holder to sweep it all under the rug. THAT is when we broke.


      Remember Occupy Wall St and how it got co-opted? How much of the PPP bailout and the trillions in covidian emergency “aid” actually went to the working class vs the oligarchs?

  2. Deap says:

    Gov. Gavin Newsom sells out to SEIU on Labor Day in California, signing the bill controlling fast food employees with a special state commission that will set all working conditions for over 556,000 fast food workers. This takes all control away from the individual franschises. No more McDonald’s Fish Sandwiches for me.


    This is what “freedom” looks like in California, in case Gov Newsom starts running pre-2024 campaign ads in your state.

    • morongobill says:

      Speaking of Newsome running for prez, I suggest voters in other states ask themselves how do they feel about people defecating on the sidewalks, or about getting a huge influx of homeless or druggies? No sh_t. That is what you will get if you fall for that guy.

      As the old saying goes, don’t let your state be Californicated.

    • Bill Roche says:

      Dear Deap; I dont see what the problem is. The state of Calif. will confiscate all fast food franchises, or collectivize them if you prefer. Those tight fisted franchise owners will be designated as Franlaks and “dealt with”. They will be denied any fast food hamburgers for months, … or any food at all. The state will take ownership, pay workers , order foodstuffs according to the centralized fast food preparation and distribution plan, and sell at prices designed to feed people NOT make unholy profits. If state ownership of fast food distribution centers works, California will turn its attention to collectivization of farms. These are really novel times in state ownership of the means of production and California is leading America into a revolutionary new economic idea. Who would object to this. Let them speak up, the state is listening.

  3. ChasMark says:

    The line I remember from Things Fall Apart:

    “When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat, he becomes hungry for a fight.”

  4. Fred says:


    You forgot to highlight the most important part:

    “provid[ing] the FBI access to the records in question, as requested by the incumbent President….”

    Biden ordered this raid on the leading candidate for president in 2024. There’s nothing national security about it, there never was. The special master will not matter as the FBI/DOJ had a “taint squad”. i.e. ‘taint gonna matter” as they already reviewed and copied everything they took, reportedly including Trump’s medical records. Now President Biden is out yelling at the crowd about how ‘we’ ” Beat pharma this year”. I don’t know about you but getting hit with billions of dollars of profits while having immunity from lawsuits has got to hurt. Or so says Biden the Great.

  5. Fourth and Long says:

    Off top pick but very interesting. Zeihan the Peter illustrates his formulations on why the Boarder Wail is a self defeating project. What intigued me was the fact that the deserts form a 1200 mile barrier (he’s talking S to N, the path of the migrants) which poses for survival purposes as nearly formidable odds as do large water obstacles as oceans & great leaks. But the government interventions – Walls – by dint of highway construction and its accompanying appurtenances, make the arduous trek much easier and safer. (And a twenty ft high wall isn’t a task requiring a Tenzing and Hillary, not nearly).


    Because my family has an inheritable genetic disorder which compulsively conveys them to commit acts of alarming social unpopularity (and my Furrier than Gaydolph’s bunker is all set for glockupation), I fondled this pintforview of note because it contains a petter from an M&M mint American who interestingly enough, finds the Furrier’s thoughts not so unpetable. My dad once showed me how to operate naval antiaircraft guns in a parking lot behind his department at his puniversity. I was only a small child though, as I descend the secret slip-slide slurry path to my hideaway, how I might regret not having paid closer attention. (Note : I have retained the incorrect original text regarding the presenter’s error “Madman”, not even correcting it to “Gladman” or the more currently accepted internet age secret code for the Furriest of the Furrier – The Man From Glad, which is how properly educated and polite people refer to him now in cleaning companies on this planet and local galaxies. I suppose the lisping lunitaries of Why-Tall didn’t get the memo.) Inspect the numerous creatures of related species on the ohlookshelf, for further skinsites.

    But TIK, if Hitler wasn’t a Madman, why did he assume Britain wouldn’t fight?


  6. Sam says:

    Fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok appears liberated in showing precisely the bias and unhinged hostility alleged by his critics. He has been in the news lashing out at Trump and trolling his objections to the raid on Mar-a-Lago. Strzok seems eager to confirm the allegations made against him. These public statements only fuel the concern of that the raid was another FBI “insurance policy.” For the FBI, Strzok’s trolling can hardly be a welcomed addition to the public controversy over their investigation.


    Juxtapose with this breathless reporting by Pravda on the Potomac.

    FBI seized material at Mar-a-Lago on a foreign nation’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, people familiar say


    On the one hand DOJ redacted most of their search warrant affidavit on the basis of national security, yet the same guys leak stories of innuendo to inflame. I recall exactly the same type of propaganda on Iraq WMD that was used to whip up hysteria and the passage of the authoritarian Patriot Act with only a single senator voting against it.

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