Currently, a debate is raging over the appointment of a special master to analyze the seized papers alongside the FBI review in relation to the FBI raid on the Trump family residence, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.
Former Federal Judge Aileen Cannon decided in the past that Former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master should be granted, but no special master has yet been appointed.
Trump and the administration have both nominated candidates for consideration.
The government’s Democratic nominees might form an alliance with the FBI, but Trump’s Republican nominees are more in line with Trump’s initial desire, which was that a special master be chosen to guarantee fairness.
There is also dispute on who should pay the special master’s hefty fee.
Trump indicated in his plea that he and the government should pay the expense equally.
The government contends that Trump should shoulder the entire expense.
Additionally, federal prosecutors are seeking a reversal of Cannon’s stay on their probe, especially with regard to sensitive documents.
The judge ordered the FBI to cease utilizing the confiscated “secret” materials until the special master’s review for privilege claims was complete.
Former President Trump has indicated on many occasions that he personally declassified the papers in issue before leaving office, and a study of the records should clarify their status.
Friday follow-ups from both the Justice Department and Trump’s team indicate that they disagree on the nature of a special master review.
Both parties nominated two candidates that night.
The Justice Department recommended former Southern District of New York Judge Barbara Jones, who presided over the investigations of Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani as a special master.
In addition, the organization nominated retired D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Griffith.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Trump’s team named former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Raymond Dearie as one of their two candidates.
Dearie is a surprising choice for Trump – while on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, he approved a search warrant to surveil Trump’s 2016 campaign aide Carter Page.
They also suggested attorney Paul Huck Jr., a former adviser to Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist when he was the Republican governor of Florida.
The opposing sides even disagreed on how long the review should take. CONTINUE READING…