Sunday, December 3

Privileged docs at Mar-a-Lago, Serena Williams shines: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: DOJ says some privileged documents identified in Mar-a-Lago records

Hear the latest aftermath from the unprecedented search. Plus, education reporters Alia Wong and Kayla Jimenez look at a teacher shortage, NASA’s Artemis 1 launch is temporarily scrapped, political reporter Ken Tran explains how local election officials are being pushed to the limit and the final U.S. Open of Serena Williams’ career continues

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Tuesday, the 30th of August, 2022. Today, the DOJ identifies privileged documents in Mar-a-Lago records. Plus a nationwide teacher shortage and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. Supporters of an influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns into Iraq’s Green Zone today, and security forces returned fire. It’s the latest escalation of a months-long political crisis in the country. At least 30 people have died after two days of unrest.
  2. The World Health Organization’s top director in the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, has been removed from his post. That’s after an AP investigation found that dozens of staffers accused him of racist, abusive, and unethical behavior.
  3. And a prosecutor yesterday announced a widespread indictment, targeting members of what she called, “a violent street gang,” that’s been targeting the Atlanta area homes of famous athletes and entertainers. The indictment says Mariah Carey, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, and others, had their homes broken into.

The Justice Department notified a federal judge yesterday that authorities had identified a limited set of materials seized from Mar-a-Lago this month that may contain information protected by attorney-client privilege. The Justice Department filing comes after a US district judge signaled her intent to appoint a special third-party master to screen documents taken from former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence. But the new Justice filing seems to show that federal authorities had already assigned a so-called privileged review team. Trump lawyers had requested that a third party sort and review material that may not be relevant, or information that may be designated as privileged. AP reporter Eric Tucker explains.

Eric Tucker:

We are learning new details about the FBI investigation into the presence of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. The Justice Department submitted a brief court filing today in which it said it had already completed its review of potentially privileged documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago earlier this month. It said it had retrieved and located a subset of potentially privileged documents related to the attorney-client privilege. They submitted this filing because the Trump legal team has requested the appointment of a special master to do its own review of potentially privileged documents recovered from Donald Trump’s estate.

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