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WHAT’S NEXT? Department of Justice done reviewing Trump-FBI raid documents

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After court calls for an independent special master, the DOJ says their team is finished looking through seized materials

In a court filing on Monday, the Justice Department has announced they have already finished reviewing the documents seized from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s private residence, Mar-a-Lago.

The DOJ also stated that they identified a “limited set” of documents that could include information protected by attorney-client privilege.

The move comes on the heels of the court issuing a preliminary order to appoint a special master to go through the documents.

In a separate filing, the DOJ said they would provide more information—however, prior to the court issuing the preliminary order for a special master—a “privilege review team” already went through the documents.

Some officials say a special master is an independent, court-appointed individual who oversees how the documents are handled and reviewed. While a privilege review team is made up of federal personnel—not involved with the investigation—tasked with the role of identifying privileged information.

Many have questioned the timing of the unprecedented and controversial early morning raid on Trump’s exclusive beach club.

Trump’s team has argued that the government’s decision to carry out the raid on Aug. 8—mere months before November’s all-important midterm elections—”involved political calculations aimed at diminishing the leading voice in the Republican Party, President Trump.”

The FBI says it searched Mar-a-Lago as part of an investigation into whether Trump mishandled classified White House records.

Trump and his team continue to dispute the classification and say they believe the documents, information, and records have been declassified.

The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for Thursday at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche

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At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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