Raymond Dearie, the special master appointed by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon over the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, has called lawyers representing the Department of Justice and the former president to appear in a New York courthouse on Sept. 20 for a “preliminary conference.”
Dearie, a former veteran chief federal judge, called lawyers for both parties and invited them to submit “proposed agenda items” for discussion by Sept. 19.
Cannon, a Trump appointee, appointed Dearie on Sept. 15. She also declined a request by the Department of Justice to lift the temporary prohibition of the department’s usage of around 100 classified records which were taken from Mar-a-Lago during the Aug. 8 raid.
The former veteran chief federal judge will be reviewing separate documents that Trump has claimed are under the effects of certain executive privileges, including attorney-client privilege.
The Justice Department’s investigation is currently stalled due to the special master process and has been reviewing documents which were taken by the FBI during its search of the Florida home.
The Justice Department is expected to contest the judge’s order stalling their investigation by taking it to a federal appeals court. It had given Cannon until Thursday to put on hold her order barring the continued review of classified records and said it would ask the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene if she did not do so then.
Dearie is a former chief judge of the federal court in the Eastern District of New York. Dearie, along with Paul Huck Jr., a prominent Florida lawyer, was nominated as a potential candidate to be special master by attorneys representing Trump on Friday. The Justice Department supported Dearie’s appointment.
Cannon ruled last week that a special master would be appointed to the case, stating in her order that, “The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.”
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