The female judge heard arguments from Trump’s attorneys and two of the Justice Department’s top counterintelligence counsel on whether a special officer should be appointed at Trump’s request to conduct a special review of previously seized material.
Former US Attorney General William Barr questioned the effectiveness of such appointments. He was appointed by Trump.
“I think it’s a waste of time to appoint a special master at this point because they (the FBI) have already read the documents,” Barr told Fox News.
Barr stepped down as attorney general in December 2020. He resigned after refusing to support Trump’s allegations of rigging that year’s presidential election.
The former attorney general also said in the interview that if the documents are classified, he doesn’t see a “legitimate reason” for Trump to keep them at his Florida home.
Of the more than 11,000 documents and photos recovered from Trump’s home, 18 have been marked as ‘top secret’. 54 have been kept in ‘confidential’ category. Another 31 documents are listed as ‘confidential’. ‘Top Secret’ is the highest level of confidentiality. The most secret matters of the country fall into this category.