The Special Master choice, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie, a New York-based appointee of President Ronald Reagan., was a Trump lawyer pick….
If the Feds are ok with this former judge?
Did the Trump lawyers make a mistake?
Prosecutors said in a court filing that they did not object to one of the special master candidates proposed by Trump’s legal team, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie, a New York-based appointee of President Ronald Reagan.
The Justice Department’s stance appears to clear the way for Dearie’s appointment by the judge overseeing litigation that Trump brought over the Aug. 8 search of his Florida home, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, although she still has discretion over whom to select.
While the identity of the master could soon be resolved, Trump and prosecutors remain at odds over numerous other aspects of the review, most significantly whether it should cover about 100 documents marked as classified that FBI agents recovered during the raid.
In a filing on Monday morning, Trump’s lawyers urged Cannon to keep in place a ruling that blocked the Justice Department from continuing its criminal investigation into the highly sensitive government records stashed in the basement and in his office at his Florida home, which also serves as a private club.
The submission, a response to prosecutors’ warning that the Trump appointee’s unorthodox directive — preventing FBI investigators from accessing the files seized in their Aug. 8 search — was harming national security, urges her to stay the course.
“In what at its core is a document storage dispute that has spiraled out of control, the Government wrongfully seeks to criminalize the possession by the 45th President of his own Presidential and personal records,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in a 21-page filing.
Trump directly praised Cannon last week, calling her initial ruling “courageous” and lashing out at the Justice Department for moving to appeal her order….