PoliticsSpecial Master Reviewing Documents Seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Seeks to Act Quickly

    Special Master Reviewing Documents Seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Seeks to Act Quickly

    Special Master Reviewing Documents Seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Seeks to Act Quickly

    Raymond Dearie, the special teacher in charge of inspecting the documents seized in the FBI raid on Mar-a Lago, property of donald trump, will try to speed up the review process of the materials.

    In addition, he was skeptical about the former president’s team’s reluctance to say whether they believed the records had been declassified.

    “We are going to proceed with what I call a responsible dispatch,” he told them. dearie Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department in their first meeting after being appointed to this task last week.

    The goal of Tuesday’s meeting was to work out the next steps in a review process that is expected to take weeks, if not months.

    As a special teacher, the veteran judge from Brooklyn, you will have to review the thousands of documents recovered during the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of Trump’s Florida estate, and to separate out anyone who may be protected by claims of executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.

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    Although it was the legal team of the former president, who requested the appointment of a special expert to ensure an independent review of the documents, attorneys have resisted Dearie’s request for more information on whether the seized records had previously been declassified, as Trump has maintained.

    According to the AP, the tycoon’s lawyers have always refrained from that statement, even when they assured in a separate presentation on Tuesday that the Justice Department had not proven that the documents were classified. In any case, they say, a president has absolute authority to declassify information.

    But the special master indicated that if Trump’s lawyers don’t actually claim the records have been declassified and, on the other hand, the Justice Department makes an acceptable case that they remain classified, then he would be inclined to consider them classified.

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    “As far as I’m concerned,” he said, “that’s the end of it.”

    Lawyers for the former president sent Dearie a letter Monday night, telling her that declassification issue could be part of Trump’s defense in case of an accusation.
    And litigator James Trusty said in court Tuesday that the Trump team should not be forced at this point in the investigation to reveal details of a possible defense based on the idea that the records had been declassified.

    Although Dearie expressed that understood the position, said clearly: “I guess my point of view is that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

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    US District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee who agreed to the request of a special master, set November 30 as the deadline for the review.

    During Tuesday’s meeting, Dearie made it clear that she intended to meet deadlines, saying there was “little time” to complete assigned tasks.

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    Source: La Opinion

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