The special master in the Justice Department case involving former President Donald Trump’s documents seized at Mar-a-Lago may be a judge who signed a secret surveillance warrant against then-campaign adviser Carter Page. Trump.
Judge Raymond Dearie was the same judge who approved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s final mandate to continue allowing the FBI to spy on Page as he was looking for any signs of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, based on of a dossier of bogus allegations paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
This FISA warrant came after then-FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith learned that Page, a Navy reservist, had acted as a CIA informant, but had deliberately withheld that information. , who was sympathetic to Page, by doctoring an email to falsely state that Page had not been a CIA informant. Clinesmith pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation and received 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service.
Dearie was one of the names submitted by Trump’s team to serve as special counsel on the case, causing surprise among Trump supporters and critics.
#MaraLago Declassified records indicate that potential Special Master Judge Dearie approved the FISA final in June 2017 for @carterwpage. NOTE: This FISA is among the most problematic because it didn’t share information about Page’s work for the USG+ didn’t disclose key concerns from Steele’s reports. pic.twitter.com/Zm6JD56Xi2
—Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 14, 2022
Andrew Weissman, the lead prosecutor for the failed special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, called Trump’s decision to submit Dearie’s name “shit.”
“Having their own SM pick rule against them will be fun to watch. Dearie is a model judge,” he tweeted.
I completely understand that people who don’t know Judge Dearie are highly suspicious of anyone who wants Trump. I would be too. But this is actually a mistake by Team Trump (unsurprisingly): having their own SM choice rule against them will be fun to watch. Dearie is a model judge.
— Andrew Weissmann 🌻 (@AWeissmann_) September 10, 2022
However, according to Fox News, Dearie may be in a unique position to review the actions taken by the FBI, given that he approved the FISA warrant based on information falsified by Clinesmith.
Judge Aileen Cannon is expected to decide this week on a special master, as well as the scope of what could be used by the Justice Department in its investigation.
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