Federal Judge Aileen Cannon appointed retired Judge Raymond Dearie of New York to be special master in the case of the classified documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s home by the FBI.
Dearie was one of two special master candidates proposed by Trump’s legal team, and Cannon chose him over the two submitted by the Department of Justice. He served on the bench from 1986 until 2011.
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Judge Cannon, along with appointing Dearie as special master, denied a request from the Justice Department (DOJ) to lift her temporary prohibition on the DOJ’s usage of classified records taken in the Aug. 8 raid.
Cannot wrote that “the Court is not persuaded that the Government will suffer an irreparable injury without the requested stay.”
The Justice Department is not expected to accept the ruling without a fight. It said it will go to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals if she did not put her order on hold.
Dearie retired from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2011 and then served for seven more years in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
While on that court, he was part of the group of judges who approved the FBI and DOJ’s request to surveille Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Some experts see the selection of Dearie as favorable for the former president despite his role in the Page case. He is believed to be a jurist who is keenly aware of the possibility of overreaching by the FBI and other federal powers.
Trump’s legal team requested that a special master be appointed after the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago and seizure of thousands of documents. Dearie is expected to make decisions on the materials related to executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.
The DOJ signaled to Judge Cannon that it would not oppose Dearie’s appointment for the role.
Many analysts interpret the judge’s rulings as legal wins for Trump’s defense. The shocking raid over the handling of documents deserves full transparency, and the appointment of Judge Dearie for special master is to be applauded.