Takeaways from the first hearing with the Mar-a-Lago search special master

September 20, 2022 at 22:44

(CNN) A court hearing in Brooklyn on Tuesday gave the public its first glimpse of how Judge Raymond Dearie , a senior judge who's been tapped to serve as a special master in the Mar-a-Lago search dispute, will approach the job of reviewing materials seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida home.
Dearie, a seasoned and widely respected jurist, showed skepticism of Trump's arguments about how the review should proceed, while stressing a desire to move quickly.
His appointment order -- issued by US District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida -- said he must finish his review by the end of November.
While Dearie gets going on sifting through the approximately 11,000 documents seized in Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department is asking an appeals court to revive its criminal investigation into the materials marked as classified, as Cannon blocked investigators from using the seized materials during the special master review.
Trump attorney Jim Trusty on Tuesday said that, until they see the documents, Trump's legal team was not in a position to fully disclose their defense or specifically address the declassification issue.
"My view of it is you can't have your cake and eat it," Dearie told the Trump team.
The comments came after the Trump team had, in their letter to the special master Monday, sought to push back some of the interim deadlines proposed in a draft plan circulated among the parties.
JUST WATCHED Honig explains how Trump special master process will work Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Honig explains how Trump special master process will work 03:24The draft plan Dearie had offered is not yet public, so it's not clear what other intermediary deadlines the judge has in mind.
At the hearing, Trusty denied that they were seeking to rework the schedule as a delay tactic.
As the hearing got going, Dearie cut directly to the chase, not belaboring any points.
The DOJ is also asking that those documents be excluded from the special master review.
Much still unsettled about the next stepsThe hearing wrapped up with much still unsettled around the timing of the review's next steps.
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