- Special Master Raymond Dearie offered a federal magistrate to help review Mar-a-Lago’s records.
- Dearie offered James Orenstein, a retired magistrate, to help with the review.
- Dearie also set a timeline through October for potential challenges to her decisions.
The special master examining 11,000 documents seized from Donald Trump’s estate in Florida sought help from a retired judge on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master in the case, offered James Orenstein to help. Orenstein is a retired federal magistrate who holds top-secret clearance and has experience handling complex cases, reviewing documents for attorney-client privilege and serving as an appointed aide to the Intelligence Surveillance Court. stranger, Dearie said in a court filing.
Orenstein would be paid $500 an hour, Dearie said. Trump is covering all costs for the special main review and Dearie has given him and the government until Saturday to comment on staffing and compensation.
Dearie is reviewing documents that FBI agents seized Aug. 8 at Mar-a-Lago for personal records and documents that are potentially protected by solicitor-client privilege or professional secrecy.
US District Court Aileen Cannon appointed Dearie at Trump’s request.
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Dearie has drawn up a schedule for her review of the documents. He set a deadline of Friday for Trump and the government to agree on a vendor who will process the documents electronically. He set Monday as the deadline for the government to make the documents available electronically with a spreadsheet to identify them.
Dearie asked Trump and the government to review the documents in three batches and report to him on any disputes over the confidentiality of the records by October 7, 14 and 21.
If either party objects to Dearie’s designation of the documents, they will have seven days to file their arguments.
“Any party may include a request for argument in their initial brief,” Dearie wrote. “The Special Master will promptly issue a report and recommendation once the briefing and oral argument have been completed.”
Dearie said he hopes to complete his exam by November 30.