A senior New York judge has been appointed to independently review the classified records confiscated from Donald Trump’s Florida vacation spot last month and determine whether they fall under attorney-client privilege.
A senior New York judge has been appointed to independently review the classified records confiscated from Donald Trump’s Florida vacation spot last month and to arbitrate federal investigations into the former president.
Hon. Raymond Dearie was appointed special judge in the case by US District Judge Aileen Cannon, court documents showed. Dearie was one of two potential outside legal experts suggested to Cannon by Trump’s team. He was selected after the Justice Department agreed that he was an acceptable candidate.
Dearie, 78, a native of Rockville Center, New York, was Chief Justice of the Brooklyn Federal Court from 1986 to 2011 before taking on a reduced caseload and serving as a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to his official biography.
He will now be responsible for reviewing the trove of files the FBI stole from Mar-a-Lago on August 8 and separating any personal materials or documents that could be the subject of attorney-client privilege or board-clerk privilege claims. Dearie had until Nov. 30 to complete his classifications and screenings — six weeks longer than the FBI required, the order said.
Dearie’s appointment marked a second early legal victory for the Trump team, which successfully appealed to the court to install the third-party arbitrator over concerns that the government would “challenge, leak and publicize” details of the investigation.
The DOJ argued that a special master was not required and said Trump had no right to make claims for executive privileges. His investigation has been on hold since Sept. 5, when Cannon — a Trump appointee — awarded him the special master.
According to prosecutors, the Fed seized about 11,000 documents from Trump’s resort and obtained more than 300 other classified documents that were in his possession after he left office.
The potential 2024 presidential nominee is under investigation for obstruction of justice and possible violation of the Espionage Act, unsealed federal documents showed.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/15/new-york-judge-raymond-dearie-appointed-as-special-master-in-doj-case-against-trump/ New York Judge Raymond Dearie has been appointed special judge in the US Department of Justice’s case against Trump