Judge Blocks DOJ Request on Docs, Appoints Trump Special Master Pick

A federal judge denied the Department of Justice’s motion for a partial stay to allow the use of classified documents obtained during an FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and appointed a special master picked by the former president.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon selected Raymond Dearie to act as special master to review independently documents seized at Trump’s residence last month and look for privileged material, according to an order Thursday.

Dearie, a judge for the Eastern District of New York, was one of the Trump team’s picks for special master and the one the DOJ said it would approve of for the task, along with its own proposed candidates. Cannon gave Dearie a Nov. 30 deadline to complete the review. Dearie is known to be a former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge linked to warrants against onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The order states the special master must “provide the Court with a scheduling plan setting forth the procedure and timeline—including the parties’ deadlines—for concluding the review and adjudicating any disputes” within 10 days. The order also states the Trump team “shall bear 100% of the professional fees and expenses of the Special Master and any professionals, support staff, and expert consultants engaged at the Special Master’s request.” (Read more from “Judge Blocks DOJ Request on Docs, Appoints Trump Special Master Pick” HERE)

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