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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida on Thursday denied the Justice Department’s motion to continue reviewing and investigating material seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence while appointing a magistrate as an independent expert witness.
The special expert appointed to review documents from the Mar-a-Lago search is federal judge Raymond Dearie, former chief magistrate of the Brooklyn-based district court, who will be responsible for reviewing documents listed as secret or classified, according to legal documents accessed by EFE.
In the 10-page report, Cannon on Thursday rejected a Justice Department request for a partial stay of his ruling barring the FBI from using about 100 documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida residence, and ordered them turned over to a “special master,” who is an independent expert witness, for review.
Cannon gave Dearie, appointed judge by Ronald Reagan in 1986, a Nov. 30 deadline to finish his review of documents.
Last August 8, as part of an open investigation into Trump, FBI agents searched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, Florida) quarters and found a significant number of documents, some of them labeled “top secret”, “secret” or “classified”.
The former Republican president (2017-2021) responded by suing the government in Palm Beach courts. The case fell to Aileen Cannon, a Colombian-born judge.
In a brief added to the file, U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez, of the Southern District of Florida, argues that the government’s request for the judge to hold in abeyance part of the order by which on September 5 accepted the appointment of a special expert, as requested by Trump, to review the documents recovered in a mansion of the former president seeks a limited but critical relief.