Trump Team, DOJ Submit Special Master Candidates, Disagree on Scope of Duties in Mar-a-Lago Raid Case

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Former President Donald Trump’s legal team and the U.S. Justice Department on Friday each proposed two candidates to serve as a neutral third party—a special master—to review documents the FBI seized when it raided Trump’s Florida residence Mar-a-lago last month.

Besides proposing different people for the role, the two sides disagreed over the scope of duties the special master should have. In particular, they disagree on whether classified records should be excluded from the review.

The Trump legal team’s proposed candidates are Raymond Dearie and Paul Huck Jr. Dearie, now retired, was the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was also the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He also previously served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Huck is a prominent Florida lawyer who was a former General Counsel to the Governor and a former Deputy Attorney General for Florida.

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