Justice Department accepts Trump nominee as ‘special master’ in secret papers probe

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The Justice Department has said it is ready to accept a candidate put forward by Donald Trump’s legal team as a “special master” to review top-secret documents taken during the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. Is.

Federal prosecutors said in a filing late Monday that Senior Judge Raymond Deary is admissible, along with two nominations of his own, retired federal judges Barbara Jones and Thomas Griffith.

“Each has substantial judicial experience during which he has presided over federal criminal and civil cases, including federal matters involving national security and privilege concerns,” DOJ prosecutors wrote.

Judge Dearie was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and served as a federal judge in New York since the 1980s. He retired in 2011 and is a senior judge on the circuit, According to CNN.

He also served a seven-year term on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court, where he allowed the FBI and DoJ to run surveillance on Carter Page, the Trump campaign’s foreign policy adviser.

Earlier on Monday, Mr Trump’s lawyers explained in court filings why he opposed the Justice Department’s nominees.

“Plaintiff objected to the Justice Department’s proposed nominees. Plaintiffs believe there are specific reasons why those nominees are not preferred to serve as Special Master in this case,” Trump attorneys wrote.

“Therefore, the plaintiff seeks permission from this Court to express our objections to the nominees of the Government only when the Court specifies its desire to obtain and consider that information.”

US District Judge Eileen Cannon, who was appointed by Mr Trump, will now have to decide who will become the special master.

Last week it issued a ruling that barred the Justice Department from using any documents seized from Mr. Trump’s estate to pursue a criminal investigation of the former president until a third party specifically reviewed the master documents. and can determine whether someone is privileged.

Documents seized by agents at Mr Trump’s Florida estate last month bore markings indicating classification levels range from confidential – the lowest level of classification in the US system – to the highest, top secret.

Some have additional markings denoting them as nuclear weapons or human-related information and indicating intelligence sources.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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