Federal Judge Raymond Dearie WAS the choice for the Trump side….
Some of us thought this was a bad choice ……
A New York Republican judge?
The Feds GLADLY agree with the choice…
I think Trump’s lawyers fucked up…..
While the 11 Circuit Appeals Court could throw out the Special Master call?
Dearie is now asking HOW TF did a President Trump actually ‘declassify’ the stuff he stole?
The Trump lawyers are actually weakening Federal judge Cannon’s ruling for a Special Master….
They want to wait for a criminal trial to explain HOW an ex-President who claims he ‘de-classified’ stuff that the government KNOWS was NOT done according to the process….
This is turning out to be Saturday Night at the amateur hour…..
Former President Trump’s legal team on Monday night resisted a request to elaborate on his claims around declassifying the documents recovered last month from his Mar-a-Lago home.
In a filing to the court-appointed special master that Trump requested, his attorneys said the “time and place” for making such a disclosure would come in a motion in a criminal trial as an effort to recover his property….
The Justice Department’s legal team seized on the hinting from Trump’s lawyer in their next filing.
“Plaintiff principally seeks to raise questions about the classification status of the records and their categorization under the Presidential Records Act (‘PRA’). But plaintiff does not actually assert — much less provide any evidence — that any of the seized records bearing classification markings have been declassified,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote….
Though presidents have broad power to declassify records, doing so sets off a chain of events, as the intelligence agencies that manage such records must take additional steps.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts on Monday filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the “standing” declassification order that Trump — outside of court filings — has pointed to in explaining the tranche of record in his home….
Trump Was Warned Last Year of Potential Legal Peril
“A onetime White House lawyer under President Donald Trump warned him late last year that Mr. Trump could face legal liability if he did not return government materials he had taken with him when he left office,“ the New York Times reports.
“The lawyer, Eric Herschmann, sought to impress upon Mr. Trump the seriousness of the issue and the potential for investigations and legal exposure if he did not return the documents, particularly any classified material.”
“The account of the conversation is the latest evidence that Mr. Trump had been informed of the legal perils of holding onto material that is now at the heart of a Justice Department criminal investigation into his handling of the documents and the possibility that he or his aides engaged in obstruction.”