Judge Raymond Dearie, one of Donald Trump’s choices for Special Masters, endorsed by Department of Justice

The Justice Department says it agrees that one of former President Donald Trump’s top picks, Raymond Dearie, is an appropriate choice to review documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago. In a court filing late Monday, the DOJ said it supported either Trump’s pick, Dearie, or the two picks the DOJ itself put to the court: retired justices Barbara S. Jones and Thomas B. Griffith. All three “each have substantial judicial experience, during which they have presided over federal criminal and civil cases, including federal cases involving issues of national security and privilege,” according to the filing. The DOJ “respectfully” opposed the nomination of Trump’s second choice, Paul Huck Jr., “who does not appear to have a similar experience.” Trump has previously opposed Justice Department nominees. Judge Dearie is a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and served as the court’s chief justice from 2007 to 2011. He previously approved a warrant for the FBI to watch former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. during the Russia investigation, although he is reputed to have an excellent reputation and is highly regarded by Trump and his team.

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