Donald Trump erred in asking Raymond Dearie to be named special master in the classified documents investigation when the former president’s legal team is already refusing to cooperate with the judge’s requests, an expert says legal.
Dearie, who was appointed by a federal judge to be the independent third party to review the 11,000 documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, had asked the former president to release details about everything. document he claims to have declassified before leaving office. in January 2021.
In court documents filed on Monday, Trump’s attorneys asked Dearie — one of two choices the former president wanted as special master — to drop the evidence request for declassified documents, arguing they could be used in a defense against possible criminal charges.
The lawyers also argued that such a request was not a requirement when Judge Aileen Cannon appointed Dearie as special master in the case, and that the deadline for all of her other requests be pushed back to “allow for an assessment more realistic and comprehensive of areas of disagreement.”
Reacting to the dispute, lawyer and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted “I’ve seen enough: Trump’s team miscalculated by asking Judge Dearie to serve as special master.”
Speaking to MSNBC, Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, welcomed Dearie’s request for evidence that the former president declassified documents found in his home — a claim Trump has frequently made but does not was not substantiated by his lawyers in official court documents.
“Part of the reason Judge Dearie is doing this is I’m sure he saw the order given to him by Judge Cannon. I’m sure he looked at the file and said ‘ Enough is enough, I don’t dance around it,'” Moss said. “It’s very simple. Either you have the proof or you don’t.”
Eric Columbus, a litigation lawyer with the House Office of General Counsel, added that Trump’s refusal to provide evidence on the declassified documents shows the argument is “bull****”.
“He won’t say it under oath! Judge Cannon should [have] asked that; kudos to Judge Dearie for making it happen,” Columbus tweeted.
Discussing the request for evidence, former FBI agent Asha Rangappa tweeted: “Dearie should just decide he’s going to accept the government’s assessment that documents marked classified are classified; whether Trump wants to wait until he is charged to plead declassification is unclear. what’s the point of seeing them again now? »
Dearie, U.S. Senior District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, is tasked with sifting through the thousands of documents seized by FBI agents from Trump’s Florida home, including those marked top secret, to determine whether the One of the documents is protected by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.
His appointment as special master in the case has been hailed as a good move, with a number of pundits and those who know him saying the 78-year-old is fair and will not be intimidated by the role of first plan.
Daniel R. Alonso, a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, said he believes Trump made a “big mistake” in nominating Dearie – who was nominated to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1986 – in hopes that the judge would look further. towards him in the matter.
‘Dearie is not a good fit for Trump here because he has no tolerance for nonsense,’ Alonso said Bloomberg.
Trump’s attorneys have been contacted for comment.