Special Master Raymond Dearie on Thursday asked President Trump’s lawyers to prove the FBI planted evidence during its raid of Mar-a-Lago in August.
Judge Dearie gave Trump’s legal team a September 30 deadline to submit a declaration.
The Washington Examiner reported:
The special master handling the Mar-a-Lago raid has given former President Donald Trump a short deadline to provide details that would bolster his claims about documents the FBI seized, a day after the Justice Department scored an appeals court win.
Judge Raymond Dearie, who was appointed special master by Judge Aileen Cannon, gave Trump’s team until Sept. 30 to submit a declaration on a number of key issues, including what appeared to be a reference to suggestions by Trump allies that some of the evidence the FBI said it had seized was somehow planted. Dearie asked Trump’s lawyers on Thursday to provide an affidavit on “a list of any specific items set forth in the Detailed Property Inventory that [Trump] asserts were not seized from the Premises on August 8, 2022.”
Dearie also told Trump’s team to list any specific items that the former president believes were described incorrectly in the FBI’s inventory list or that he believes were located somewhere different in Mar-a-Lago than where the bureau says the item was collected. The special master also asked Trump to provide a detailed list of any items that he believes were seized by the FBI but weren’t listed in the property inventory.
Dearie also said he understood that the Justice Department had already provided Trump with a set of documents reviewed by the FBI’s filter team which have been designated as potentially privileged attorney-client communications, and the special master ordered Trump to “prioritize the Filter Materials and to provide the government with a log of its designations as to the Filter Materials” by Sept. 26.
The special master gave Trump’s team until Oct. 14 to provide the Justice Department with a “final and complete log of designations” related to the former president’s claims of privilege over the seized records, and the special master said both Trump and the DOJ will have until Oct. 21 to submit their “final and complete log of disputed designations” to the special master.
Judge Dearie’s deadline comes one day after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Biden’s corrupt DOJ.
The Justice Department late Tuesday evening told the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that former President Trump failed to show he declassified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
The DOJ’s filing in the 11th Circuit Court was in response to Trump’s lawyers and sought to resume its review of the 100 ‘classified’ documents seized by the FBI in August.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday evening sided with Joe Biden’s corrupt DOJ and lifted the hold barring the DOJ from viewing the classified records.
Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, previously barred the DOJ from reviewing the seized documents.
“A special master’s review of that subset of about 100 records, which would’ve allowed Trump’s legal team to see them, is now partially stopped. The special master, Judge Raymond Dearie, is able to continue his work reviewing the rest of the material seized from Mar-a-Lago, to make sure records belonging to Trump or that he may be able to claim are confidential aren’t used by investigators.” CNN reported.
“It is self-evident that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the storage of the classified records did not result in ‘exceptionally grave damage to the national security,’” the three-judge panel from the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. “Ascertaining that necessarily involves reviewing the documents, determining who had access to them and when, and deciding which (if any) sources or methods are compromised.”
The three-judge panel comprised of one Obama appointee and two Trump appointees, blasted Trump’s legal team Wednesday evening.
“Plaintiff suggests that he may have declassified these documents when he was President,” the judges wrote. “But the record contains no evidence that any of these records were declassified. And before the special master, Plaintiff resisted providing any evidence that he had declassified any of these documents.”
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