Veteran New York judge named arbitrator in Trump Mar-a-Lago inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has appointed a seasoned New York City lawyer to serve as an independent arbiter and review records seized during an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s home last month.

The selection of Raymond Dearie, a former federal prosecutor who for years served as chief justice of the Brooklyn-based federal court, came after the Justice Department and Trump’s lawyers made it clear they would be happy with his appointment as a so-called special master.

In this role, Dearie will be responsible for reviewing documents taken from the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and separating those who may be covered by claims of privilege. It’s unclear how long the work will take, but the Special Lead Process has already delayed the investigation, with a Florida judge ordering the Justice Department to temporarily suspend key aspects of its investigation.

The Justice Department is investigating the hoarding of top secret documents and other classified Florida property documents after Trump left office. The FBI says it recovered more than 11,000 documents from the house during its August 8 search, including more than 100 with classification marks.


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