Federal Judge Raymond Dearie was made a special master last week by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who tasked him with reviewing material taken by FBI agents in its raid on former President Donald Trump’s home.
Dearie has until November 30 to complete his job, and according to one of Trump’s lawyers, that poses a serious problem for the Biden administration.
Trump attorney says November 30 forestalls “messing around with the election”
According to Fox News, Dearie explained at a hearing on Tuesday how it will be difficult for him to sort through over 11,000 pages of documents and find any that are protected by privilege.
“We got a lot to do in a relatively short time,” he said. “I don’t know what that means in my workflow. We’re going to proceed with what I call responsible dispatch.”
Trump defense attorney Alina Habba was interviewed later that evening by Fox News host Sean Hannity, and she said Dearie’s appointment represents “a major win.”
“We follow the rules and I’m actually really proud of the Trump team today. It was a major win. We won on all counts and I think it’s important. It relays faith.”
Habba went on to point out that the November 30 deadline is significant, as it reduces the possibility of politically motivated disclosures before Americans go to the ballot box.
“So their plans of messing around with the election yet again with midterms got a little screwed up today. Sorry about that, guys, but you shouldn’t have been so far-reaching. Yeah.”
Trump legal team will not release security footage of raid
When asked by Hannity whether the former president’s legal team plans to release security footage documenting the raid, Habba said it would not, citing concern for the agents involved.
Hannity: Is there anything that prohibits you from releasing those videotapes?
Habba: You know why we wouldn’t, honestly, Sean? Because the president cares too much about the agents and the enforcement that were just doing their job. pic.twitter.com/dW4OOTRSlf
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“The truth is, unlike some of these federal agencies, we don’t leak,” she told the Fox News host, stressing, “We follow the rules.”
“You know why we wouldn’t honestly, Sean, because the president cares too much about the agents and the enforcement that were just doing their job,” Habba insisted. “And we have been told that their lives could be put at risk.”