The Justice Department said it was prepared to accept a candidate put forward by Donald Trump’s team of lawyers as a “special master” to review top-secret documents retrieved during the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Federal prosecutors stated in a filing late Monday that senior judge Raymond Dearie was acceptable, along with two of his own appointments, retired federal judges Barbara Jones and Thomas Griffith.
“Each of them has considerable judicial experience in which he has presided over federal criminal and civil cases, including federal national security and privilege issues,” wrote Justice Department prosecutors.
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, according to CNN.
He also served a seven-year term at the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Oversight Court (FISA), where he gave the FBI and DoJ permission to observe Carter Page, who was a foreign policy advisor in the Trump campaign.
Earlier on Monday, Trump’s lawyers explained in court files why they are opposing Justice Department candidates.
“The plaintiff is opposed to the proposed candidates from the Department of Justice. Reason believes there are specific reasons why these nominees are not favored to serve as Special Master on the matter, ”wrote Trump’s lawyers.
“The Plaintiff therefore asks the Court to allow the Court to specifically express our objections to the Government nominations only if the Court has determined its willingness to obtain and consider this information.”
Aileen Cannon, the U.S. District Judge appointed by Mr. Trump, must now decide who will become the special champion.
It issued a ruling last week that effectively prohibited the Justice Department from using any documents confiscated from Mr. Trump’s property 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.