The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion on Friday to expedite its appeal over the appointment of a special master who would be responsible for reviewing all of the documents that were seized by the FBI from former President Trump’s Mar-a-lago estate, in Palm beach, Fla. The filing comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in favor of the Department of Justice that U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon was mistaken in choosing to not remove classified documents from the special master, which would have allowed the DOJ to also continue with its review.
The DOJ argues in the filing to the federal appeals court that expediting the appeal of the entire appointment of a special master will serve “judicial efficiency” because a ruling in the government’s favor could render further proceedings before the special master unnecessary.
The DOJ is now arguing that it is in the interests of justice for their appeal to be expedited as the appointment of the special master is restricting the government’s ability to move fast with their criminal and national security investigation.
The DOJ’s proposed timeline would require the open brief to be submitted by Oct. 14, Trump to respond by Nov. 4 and the rebuttal to be sent in by Nov. 11.
The 11th Circuit Court originally had the date for the brief as Oct. 19, the day for Trump’s response as Nov. 18, and the final response date from the DOJ as Dec. 9.
However, the department notes that all of these extensions could mean that the case would continue to go on well into 2023.