Not sure what that means for the Special Master's job duties.
full document: https://www.politico.com/...48-a3e3-e2ff83050000
As for the special master's duties, this means that Dearie will not review the classified documents that were seized via the search warrant, but he can continue with the rest of his responsibilities.
So for the week or two delay, that served their purpose but since the documents Dearie will be reviewing don't really matter he should just pack up and say, "yep, I'm done."
Dearie will do as he was told (and as he agreed), and review all the non-classified stuff to see what is personal to Trump and what is privileged. But, the importance of his review has dropped a great deal, now that he can't deal with the classified stuff. In fact, a lot of what he is now doing is the sort of work that law firms delegate to junior associates.
At this point, Trump's gambit has backfired. He didn't get much delay. He got a bad opinion from a conservative federal appeals court. And, once Dearie completes his review of the non-classified stuff, Trump will have lost much of his ability to complain, since he will get back the personal stuff and any privilege determinations will have the seal of approval from a federal judge (which is way harder to attack in the court of public opinion than the privilege determinations by the Govt).
Trump has a lot of irons in the fire. The cost of tending to his various legal problems will necessarily diminish his resources. Heâ€™s paying for this unnecessary review of privileged documents.
And this back-and-forth has given credibility to our legal system to both side. Heâ€™s getting some of what he wants. How can he say itâ€™s rigged against him when heâ€™s not being completely denied?
I think this is a fantastic series of events for everyone involved.
The cost of the lawyers is a minor issue to Trump's overall financial situation. He may hate paying lawyers and this surely annoys the hell out of him, but he has ample resources (both of his own and what he can get from supporters) to pay the lawyers. The financial pain of paying lawyers' bills is far exceeded by the risk of being prosecuted and by the enormous diversion of time/energy which has to exact some toll on him.