DOJ, Trump each propose special masters for Mar-a-Lago probe Here are the 4 candidates

District Court Judge Eileen CannonA Trump-appointed judge earlier this week granted the former president’s request to appoint a third-party attorney. Special Masterto independently review materials the FBI seized from his Florida residence and resort — including more than 100 classified documents.
Trump’s legal team has argued that the Justice Department cannot be trusted to conduct its own review of privileged material that should be kept out of a criminal investigation. Judiciary on Thursday appealed The court ordered a special master’s review, arguing that the order endangers US national security.

Cannon said he would “quickly” determine the “exact details and dynamics” of the special primary process after both sides submit their motions, but it was unclear when the judge would rule or in what form.

Here are the four nominees in the dual programs to serve as Special Master:

Thomas Griffith, DOJ nominee

Thomas Griffith, a retired federal judge, and George W. A Bush appointee, he served on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals from 2005 to 2020. In one of his final major judgments before retirement, he Wrote the majority opinion House rejected Democrats’ bid to subpoena Trump’s former White House adviser Dan McCann. (That decision was later overturned.)
In the years since his retirement, Griffith Co-authored a report Other prominent conservative lawyers and officials joined in rejecting Trump’s lies about massive fraud in the 2020 election. And he publicly approved President Joe Biden nominated Katanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court.

Barbara Jones, DOJ nominee

Barbara Jones, another retired federal judge and Clinton appointee, is a former federal prosecutor and retired judge from the Southern District of New York from 1995 to 2012. He brings to the table the experience of a special master he recently worked on. Stage for three high-profile criminal investigations with political implications.

She is a Taped to serve A special master examines items seized during an April 2021 FBI raid of Rudy Giuliani’s home and office. Special Master in the Matter of Michael Cohen, To ensure that investigators do not sweep any documents that have attorney-client privilege. While both Giuliani and Cohen were Trump’s lawyers, they were investigated by the Justice Department.
More recently, Jones He was a special teacher Often examined material seized by the FBI from the far-right group Project Veritas goals Democrats and media outlets have an implicit sting. Jones was brought in to review the material for First Amendment and attorney-client considerations.

Paul Hough Jr., Trump’s nominee

Hough, who owns his own law firm, was a partner at the Jones Day law firm that represented the Trump campaign in 2016, and a contributor to the conservative legal organization the Federalist Society.

Hugh previously served as Florida’s deputy attorney general and general counsel to former Florida Gov. Charlie Christine — a Republican at the time, but served as a Democrat in the U.S. House and was a Democratic candidate for governor in Florida. . Chris Kiss, Trump’s current attorney, also worked for Crist and overlapped with Huck. They worked together in the Florida Attorney General’s office.

After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hugh’s wife, Barbara Lagoa, was on Trump’s short list of Supreme Court nominees.

Raymond Deary, Trump’s nominee

Deary, a Reagan nominee, has served as a federal judge in New York since 1986. He retired in 2011 and is now a senior judge on the circuit.

Thierry served on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA, for seven years. He was one of the judges who approved the FBI and DOJ Request to monitor Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, is part of a federal investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
The process used by federal investigators to secure FISA warrants Full of errors According to a DOJ, overall recession Inspector General’s Report. Two of the four surveillance warrants issued by the secret FISA court in connection with Page It has since been declared invalid — including one approved by Dearie in June 2017 — because of inaccuracies and inaccuracies in FBI submissions to the court.

The Trump team’s appointment of Diary is notable because Trump has repeatedly criticized FISA surveillance, saying without evidence that it was part of a “deep-level” conspiracy to undermine his campaign.

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