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Trump Attorney Decries Department Of Justice Leaks As ‘Disturbing’

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One of former President Donald Trump’s attorneys is upset at the number of leaks coming out of the Justice Department that appear to be aimed at harming her client.

In an interview with Newsmax TV on Wednesday, lawyer Alina Habba said, “This is incredibly disturbing to me in terms of leaks coming from the Justice Department.”

She went on to say that the leaks appear to her as more proof that the department is simply politicized.

Newsmax noted:

The latest leak, which was told to The Washington Post by unnamed sources, claimed that information on another nation’s nuclear capabilities was included in the material seized.

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Habba said the left-wing media’s story telling on what was found in the raid is “inconsistent, outrageous, and all over the map.”

She also insinuated that the Justice Department may be angling to cover its tracks or hide potential misdeeds, saying that “when you have to defend yourself [as the DOJ is currently doing], stories come out. … And I think that’s exactly what they are, just stories.”

Habba also addressed a recent federal court ruling granting Trump’s request for a special master to examine the documents seized during the hours-long Aug. 8 raid that reportedly involved more than two dozen FBI agents.

While predicting that the DOJ will appeal the ruling, Habba said that “what people need to remember is that this ruling is an injunction, so at this moment everything has stopped in terms of any investigation they might be having, which is a very big win for the Trump team.”

In fact, the Justice Department has filed an appeal.

The department asked that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon pause her order that blocked the Department of Justice from continuing to review the documents, NBC News reported.

The move comes three days after Cannon approved Trump’s request for a special master to sift through the seized materials to identify personal items and records that are protected by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.

The DOJ opposed that request, saying a team of agency officials had already completed a privilege review of the documents, and that a special master could harm the government’s national security interests.

In another court filing Thursday, the DOJ asked Cannon to make public a notice on the status of that team’s filter review process, which had been filed under seal on Aug. 30.

This week U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon on Monday ordered that a special master be appointed to review records seized last month by the FBI during a raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

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She ordered that an independent third-party be appointed to “review the seized property, manage assertions of privilege and make recommendations thereon, and evaluate claims for return of property.”

“The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney- client and/or executive privilege,” the order states.

“Furthermore, in natural conjunction with that appointment, and consistent with the value and sequence of special master procedures, the Court also temporarily enjoins the Government from reviewing and using the seized materials for investigative purposes pending completion of the special master’s review or further Court order,” it adds.

The ruling, though, “shall not impede the classification review and/or intelligence assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“ODNI”) as described in the Government’s Notice of Receipt of Preliminary Order,” she wrote.

During a previous hearing, DOJ attorney Jay Bratt argued that Trump does not have the same legal privileges to classified documents as he did when he was in office.

“He is no longer the president, and because he is not … he was unlawfully in possession of them,” Bratt said, referring to the documents the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago.

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