New York judge appointed as expert for documents seized at Mar-a-Lago
Former US President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida
A federal judge has appointed a senior New York lawyer to serve as an independent expert and review records seized during an FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home last month.
The selection of Raymond Dearie, a former federal prosecutor who for years served as chief justice of the Brooklyn-based federal court, came after the Justice Department and attorneys of Donald Trump made it clear that they would be happy with his nomination.
In this role, Mr. Dearie will be responsible for reviewing documents taken from the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and setting aside those that may be covered by claims of privilege.
It's unclear how long the work will take, but the process to appoint an independent expert has already delayed the investigation, with a Florida judge ordering the Justice Department to temporarily suspend key aspects of the investigation. his investigation.
DoJ Investigates Accumulation of Top Secret and Other Classified Materials at Florida Property After Donald Trump's Presidency Ended . The FBI says it recovered more than 11,000 documents from the house during its August 8 search, including more than 100 bearing classification marks.
Donald Trump's lawyers had asked a judge last month to appoint a special master to conduct an independent review of the records and separate anything that might be covered by claims of executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.
The Justice Department argued that the appointment was unnecessary, that it had already conducted its own review, and that Donald Trump had no right to raise claims of privilege from the Justice Department. #x27;executive branch, which usually allow the president to withhold certain information from the public and Congress.
District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Donald Trump appointee, does not disagreed and ordered both parties to nominate candidates for the position. She also ordered the Justice Department to suspend its review of the documents for investigative purposes until a further court order or until the independent expert completes its investigation. exam.
The Trump team recommended Mr. Dearie or a Florida attorney for these duties. The Justice Department said that in addition to the two retired judges whose names it submitted, it would also be pleased with the appointment of Mr. Dearie.
Mr. Dearie served as the lead federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York from 1982 until 1986, when he was appointed to the federal bench by then-President Ronald Reagan. He also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which authorizes Justice Department wiretap requests in investigations involving suspected agents of a foreign power.
He rose to senior executive status in 2011, but the Justice Department said he remained active and told officials he was available for the job and that ;he could work quickly if appointed there.