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Justice Department affirms support for one of Trump’s nominees to special master

On Monday evening, the Justice Department indicated in court papers that it supports Raymond Dearie (the former Chief Judge of the federal court in the Eastern District of New York), as it stated in court papers.

Trump’s legal team proposed Dearie, and Paul Huck Jr. (a prominent Florida lawyer) as possible special master candidates.

The Justice Department supported Dearie’s nomination or any of the candidates it recommended but opposed Huck Jr. as he “doesn’t appear to have comparable experience” in presiding over federal criminal and civil trials.

Trump’s attorneys opposed both of the Justice Department’s picks: Barbara Jones, who served as a federal bench judge in Manhattan and Thomas Griffith (a former federal appeals court jury jurist in the District of Columbia).

Aileen M. Cannon (U.S. District Judge) still has to formally appoint Dearie.

Trump’s lawyers asked the special master for a review of everything the FBI took from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago house, including any records with classification markings. Also, they want to get rid of any executive privilege.

The Justice Department doesn’t believe that the special master should have the right to inspect classified documents or review documents in order to determine whether they are subject to executive privilege.

Judge Cannon announced last week that Mar-a-Lago’s property seizure would be subject to a review by the special master. The special master will look for personal items, documents, and potentially privileged materials susceptible to claims of attorney-client privilege and/or executive confidentiality.

Ronald Reagan nominated Dearie as his nominee in 1986. In the 1970s, he also served as the Eastern District of New York’s top federal prosecutor.

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