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A judge appoints candidate Trump a special master to oversee Mar-a-Lago’s secret files

A Florida judge named candidate Donald Trump as a special master in an FBI investigation into top-secret documents seized by agents from his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Judge Raymond Dearie will now review material confiscated during a raid on the former president’s property in August after Trump successfully demanded the appointment of one of them.

The request was approved by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who had been appointed by Mr. Trump, and Judge Dearie was a candidate that the Justice Department said earlier this week he could accept as well.

Judge Cannon also rejected a motion by the Department of Justice to partially suspend the case and access the file.

“The Court does not consider it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on these important and contentious points without further scrutiny by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly procedure.” the judge stated.

Judge Dearie was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and served as federal judge in New York City since the 1980s. He retired in 2011 and is a senior judge in the circuit.

He also served a seven-year term at the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Oversight Court or FISA Court, where he gave the FBI and DoJ permission to observe Carter Page, who was a foreign policy advisor in the Trump campaign.

In his 10-page filing, published Thursday, Judge Cannon urged Dearie to complete the review by November 30.

It issued a ruling last week that effectively prohibited the Justice Department from using any of the documents confiscated from Mr. Trump’s assets for further investigation into the former president’s case, until a special third party overseer could review those documents and determine if they were privileged.

Documents seized last month by agents in Mr. Trump’s Florida estate bore markings indicating grading levels ranging from confidential – the lowest level of classification in the US system – to the highest, top secret.

Some had additional markings indicating that they contained information about nuclear weapons or sources of human and signal intelligence.

George Conway, a conservative lawyer but a public critic of Trump, mocked the judge’s ruling while speaking on CNN.

“This ruling is an absolute disgrace. And I don’t think it takes a long time to bring it down, ”he said.

“(Bill) Barr said New York Times Trump’s lawyers’ original conclusion was a pile of shit, a pile of shit. This opinion is worse.


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