DOJ Open to Trump Pick as Special Master

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The Facts

  • In a brief court filing Mon., the U.S. Dept of Justice (DOJ) said it's willing to accept Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of the proposed candidates from former Pres. Trump's legal team, to act as the special master in the review of documents gathered from Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence by the FBI in August.

  • Previously, the DOJ and Trump's team, each proposed two candidates to serve as an independent arbiter known as a special master. While the DOJ proposed retired judges, Barbara Jones and Thomas Griffith, Trump's team proposed Florida's former Deputy Attorney General Paul Huck along with Dearie, who formerly served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The Spin

Pro-Trump narrative

The judge's decision to approve Trump's lawyers' request for a 'special master' is absolutely the right move considering the unprecedented nature of the FBI's search of a former president's home. This marks a win for Trump, who is the innocent target of an illegitimate political investigation.

Left narrative

The Trump-appointed judge's biased ruling to permit a 'special master' will not stop the investigation. Cannon cited weak arguments in her decision, which likely means that the DOJ's appeal holds weight. This bump in the road won't impede the investigation's findings.

Nerd narrative

There's a 26% chance that Trump will be jailed or incarcerated before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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