The special master in the Trump case could be the judge who approved the Carter FISA page

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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.

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.

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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