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Donald Trump and his legal team are at odds with Biden’s Department of Justice over who will be the special master ordered to independently review the documents the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Reuters reports that according to a joint filing on Friday, the two sides are fighting about who will fill the role, with the DOJ offering up Barbara Jones, a retired judge who has special master experience from cases with Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen, or Thomas Griffith, who was a DC appeals judge that was appointed by George W. Bush. Trump’s team wants Florida’s former Deputy Attorney General Paul Huck or Raymond Dearie, who were on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and a judge from the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, respectively.
The two sides are also fighting over whether the special master should have the power to consult with US National Archives and Records Administration, the organization that was cited in the affidavit and served as the inciting incident for the raid.
The affidavit states that the investigation began because the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) sent a referral to the Department of Justice. NARA believed documents were missing from a cache of material Trump sent to the agency.
Trump and Biden’s DOJ are also battling over who should foot the special master’s bill. Trump offered to split the cost but the DOJ claims Trump should pay for the special master in entirety.
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