Former Guy wants a new shiny object: a Special Master! A what?
Judges appoint special masters to assist them with some part of a case. Their role depends on the case but every special master acts subject to the limits of the order appointing them. Always, the judge makes final decisions.
Let’s start here: We are dealing with criminal proceedings, albeit at an early stage. Nothing in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure provides for appointing a special master. But, federal and state courts believe judges have inherent authority to appoint a special master.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide for appointing masters expressly in Rule 53. The rule provides for lots