DOJ and Trump each proposed a special master for the Mar-a-Lago probe.Here are the 4 winners

district court Judge Eileen CannonThe Trump-appointed judge said earlier this week, at the request of the former president, special masterto independently research materials, including over 100 classified documents, seized from his Florida residence and resort by the FBI.
Trump’s legal team argues the Justice Department cannot be trusted to conduct its own review of potentially privileged material that should be kept insulated from criminal investigations. Justice Department on Thursday appealed A court-ordered special master review argued that the order endangered the national security of the United States.

Cannon says he will “quickly” decide on the “exact details and mechanics” of the special master process after both sides have submitted their proposals, but it will not be long before the judge decides when or what that ruling will be. It is not clear how this will be done.

The four people nominated for Dueling Proposal as Special Masters are as follows.

Thomas Griffiths, Department of Justice nominee

Former federal judge and President George W. Bush-appointed Thomas Griffith served on the DC Court of Appeals for the Circuit from 2005 to 2020. In one of his last major judgments before his retirement, wrote many comments Denied an attempt by House Democrats to subpoena Trump’s former White House attorney Don McGahn. (The decision was later overturned.)
Years after Griffith retired co-authored the report Alongside other high-profile conservative lawyers and officials exposing Trump’s lies about massive fraud in the 2020 election. approved President Joe Biden has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Barbara Jones, Department of Justice nominee

Another former federal judge appointed by Clinton, Barbara Jones, was a former federal prosecutor and former judge for the Southern District of New York from 1995 to 2012. Positioning his three high-profile criminal investigations with political implications.

she was tap to serve As a special master investigating materials seized during the FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani’s home and office in April 2021, she also: Special Master of the Michael Cohen Case, Giuliani and Cohen were Trump’s attorneys while under investigation by the Justice Department.
More recently, Jones was a special master Right-wing groups often investigated materials the FBI seized from Project Veritas target Democrats and media organizations working undercover. Jones was brought in to review material on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Attorney-Client Considerations.

Trump candidate Paul Huck Jr.

Huck, who has his own law firm, was a partner at Jones Day Law Firm, which represented the Trump campaign in 2016, and was a contributor to the conservative legal organization Federalist Society.

Huck previously served as Deputy Attorney General of Florida and served as general counsel to former Florida Governor Charlie Christ (then a Republican, but a former Democratic congressman and Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida). was serving. Trump’s current attorney, Chris Kise, also worked for Christo and had overlaps with the hack. They worked together at the Florida Attorney General’s office.

Huck’s wife, Barbara Lagore, was on Trump’s shortlist for the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Raymond Deary, Trump Candidate

Reagan presidential candidate Dearie has served as a federal judge in New York since 1986. He retired in his 2011 and is now a Senior Judge.

Deary also served a seven-year term in the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court). He was one of the judges who approved the FBI and DOJ. monitoring request Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, as part of a federal investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
The process federal agents used to secure FISA warrants was full of errors Overall sloppiness, according to DOJ Inspector summary report. Two of four surveillance warrants granted on Page by a secretive FISA court then declared invalid — including one approved by Dearie in June 2017 — for omissions and errors in FBI court filings.

It’s worth noting that the Trump campaign nominated Mr. Deary. Trump has repeatedly criticized his FISA oversight, claiming, without evidence, that it is part of a “deep state” conspiracy to undermine his campaign.


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