US Justice Department agrees to Trump pick for ‘special master’

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The department’s residence at Mar-a-Lago could reduce delays in appointing a neutral arbitrator to review the seized documents.

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The US Justice Department has said it will accept one of Donald Trump’s suggestions for a neutral mediator to review documents seized during the FBI’s raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago property last month.


In a court filing late Monday, attorneys for the department said that, in addition to the two retired judges whom they previously recommended to fill the role of “special master,” they would also be satisfied with one of the Trump team selections.

Raymond Deary, former chief justice of the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, is currently on a senior active position, and the department said he had indicated he was available and could “act faster” when appointed.

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Trump’s team said earlier on Monday that it opposed both the Justice Department’s selections.

Last week, US District Judge Eileen Cannon agreed to a request by Trump’s team to freeze the government’s review of the files until a special master is appointed to examine the documents for any potential executive privilege or attorney-client privilege. be done.

Now it’s up to Cannon whether he names 78-year-old Dearie in the case.

The Justice Department’s residence can help expedite the selection process and reduce any delays caused by the appointment of a Special Master.

The department is investigating possible misuse of classified material by Trump in an unprecedented criminal investigation targeting a former president.

The search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida home, says federal agents are investigating possible violations of three different federal laws, including one under the Espionage Act to collect, transmit or protect defense information. Controls losing.

An unsealed property receipt also revealed that the FBI had seized 11 classified documents, some of which were marked as not only top secret but “sensitive compartment information.”

The term refers to a special category created to protect the nation’s most important secrets that, if disclosed publicly, could cause “extraordinarily serious” harm to US interests.

Trump’s team has dismissed the investigation as “misleading,” and a court filing earlier this week called for US law to allow presidents to label documents from their administration as presidential or personal. Provides “extraordinary discretion”.

His lawyers described the investigation as a “document storage dispute that has spiraled out of control” and called on the government to seek to make it a crime for the former president to maintain “his own presidential and personal records”. charged up.

He also rejected the argument that the possession of Trump’s records could harm US national security, saying there is no indication that the potentially secret files were exposed to anyone.

Trump’s legal team urged Canon to uphold the directive that temporarily halted key aspects of the Justice Department’s criminal investigation.

The Justice Department appealed the judge’s order late last week to allow Cannon – a Trump appointee – to partially suspend his own decision and review classified documents pending appeals. asked for

Lawyers for the department have rejected the idea that the documents belonged to Trump or that Mar-a-Lago was a permissible place to store them.

Meanwhile, a congressional committee said in a letter Tuesday that the National Archives is still not certain it has all of Trump’s presidential records, even after the FBI searched it.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform revealed that on the call on Aug. 24, archives staff could not assure they had all of Trump’s presidential records. In the letter, the committee asked the archives to assess whether any Trump records were unaccounted for and potentially in their possession.

“In light of the revelations that Mr Trump’s representatives misled investigators about his continued possession of government property and that the material found at his club contained dozens of ’empty folders’ for classified material, I am deeply concerned that the sensitive President Records may remain outside the control and custody of the US government,” Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Oversight Committee, wrote in the letter.

The House Committee has jurisdiction over the Presidential Records Act, 1978 legislation that requires the protection of White House documents as property of the US government.

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