Federal Judge Cannon appointed an expert to oversee the review of classified documents collected at the Mar-a-Lago estate at Trump’s request.
According to a September 15 ruling by Judge Aileen Cannon, former judge Raymond Dearie was asked to assume the role of special expert overseeing the review process of classified documents at the former Mar-a-Lago estate of the former. President Donald Trump in early August.
The ruling requires Dearie to complete the review by November 30, slightly shorter than the 90-day deadline Trump requested. Judge Cannon also ordered Mr. Trump to pay all expenses related to a special expert. Judge Cannon also denied a request to access classified records made by the US Department of Justice.
Raymond Dearie was appointed judge in the Eastern District Court of New York in March 1986 and retired in April 2011. He served as a judge on the US foreign intelligence surveillance court from 2012 to 2019.
Former President Trump on August 22 filed a lawsuit in federal court in Florida, asking a judge to prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from reviewing documents collected at Mar-a-Lago’s private residence until when special experts are appointed to oversee the process.
Special experts may be appointed in particularly sensitive cases to inventory documents and ensure investigators do not have access to special information. The U.S. Justice Department’s office in Manhattan had proposed appointing a special surveillance expert when the FBI raided the homes of Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former attorney.
FBI agents on August 8 searched the Mar-a-Lago mansion, recovered 20 boxes containing 11 classified US government documents, including 4 documents classified as “top secret”, and one document. stamped “top secret and sensitive”.
A Florida judge on August 12 publicly stated that the reason the FBI searched Trump’s home was that they suspected violations of the Espionage Act. The act makes it a crime to illegally obtain or store national security information.
Nguyen Tien (Theo Hill)