Former Federal Judge is Appointed as Special Master to Review Documents Behind Raid of Trump’s Home
Judge Aileen Cannon rejected a request on Thursday from the Department of Justice to deny classified documents from being reviewed by a special master and appointed retired New York federal judge Raymond Dearie to conduct the review.
Dearie will review the records that were seized from Trump’s home during the controversial raid. In the mean time, the feds are temporarily blocked “from reviewing and using the seized materials for investigative purposes.”
“The Court does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion,” Cannon wrote in her ruling.
She also determined that the DOJ did not “establish that pausing the criminal investigative review pending completion of the Special Master’s work actually will impede the intelligence community’s ability to assess ‘the potential risk to national security that would result from disclosure of the seized materials.'”
Dearie, a Reagan-appointed judge, will have until Nov. 30 to finish his review of the documents.
Big League Politics reported on how the feds have avoided transparency since conducting the raid on President Trump’s home, which could be interpreted as an act of war against the American people:
“The Biden Department of Justice is opposing the release of an affidavit that was used to justify the FBI’s raid of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago compound in Florida.
“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps,” federal prosecutors stated in a court filing.
“As the Court is aware from its review of the affidavit, it contains, among other critically important and detailed investigative facts: highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government; specific investigative techniques; and information required by law to be kept under seal,” the filing noted.
The filing, which was signed off upon by Florida U.S. attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez and Justice Department counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt, contains all kinds of excuses for why there should be no transparency.
“In addition, information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high-profile nature of this matter and the risk that the revelation of witness identities would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation,” the filing stated.
“Disclosure of the government’s affidavit at this stage would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” it continued.
The Department of Justice is willing to release other documents, as long as the public stays in the dark about the affidavit that would actually shed light on the reasoning behind the jackbooted raid on Trump’s home.
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation,” the Justice Department argued.”
This could be good news for Trump and his supporters if it means real accountability for the deep state.