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Trump attorney Jim Trusty, who previously served at the DOJ and as a federal prosecutor in Maryland, questioned his former employer’s staunch opposition to a special master sorting through documents seized in the Mar raid. -a-Lago.
Trusty recounted the court session in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he asked what the harm would be to the Justice Department if someone basically audited his work.
“What we have in this situation is such a historic first, and I mean in a very negative way – to have this search warrant based on close and failed negotiations, I guess, that allowed the government to ransack the president’s residence. “, he added. he said.
“You would think that in this day and age when the Attorney General constantly talks about the rule of law and transparency, he would be the first to say, ‘Of course, another set of eyes is perfectly fine.
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Trusty nodded to ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ host Mark Levin’s former position as Attorney General Ed Meese’s chief of staff to say he was still proud to have worked at the DOJ and wondered why the custom of “petty justice” and trying to “do the right thing” for the American people seems to be eroding.
“What is the DOJ so concerned about asking an independent, established, well-regarded person to take a second look and give classifications or categories to what they have seized?” he added.
“They fought [the special master imposition] tooth and nail. And frankly, when the judge asked them that same question, they didn’t get much of an answer. It was kind of like this general theme, “Leave us alone, we know what we’re doing.” We don’t need anyone to guess us.'”
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That, he said, is a marked shift in how the Justice Department presents itself from when he and Levin worked there.
“It’s amazing,” Trusty added.
“I would have been so much more respectful of the ministry and this attorney general if they turned around and said, ‘You know what, good idea to have a special master. We have nothing to hide, let’s go. – But that’s not the approach. It’s a constant fight.”
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After Judge Bruce Reinhart approved the Mar-a-Lago raid, Trump asked the court to install a special master – whose litigation was assigned to another South Florida lawyer, Judge Aileen Cannon.
“We still need judicial intervention. We need a judge to police our access to these documents. We haven’t had a single phone call from the screening team telling us anything. C This is the first time we’ve heard of their findings on attorney-client privilege,” Trusty said in a previous Fox News interview.
He added that Biden’s Justice Department decided “to ignore the concept of executive privilege” in the case, as well as the Presidential Records Act.