A federal judge has appointed Raymond J. Dearie, a former chief federal judge in New York, to sort through the more than 11,000 documents — including classified materials — that FBI agents seized from former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence last month, to see if any should be shielded from criminal investigators because of attorney-client or executive privileges.
The decision could significantly slow a high-profile investigation of the former president, one which prosecutors say has already been paused at a key juncture by the judge’s skepticism that the Justice Department has treated Trump fairly.
Trump’s legal team proposed Dearie as a candidate to be the special master in the high-profile case, and the Justice Department agreed with the selection last week. But the two sides still disagree on whether searching through the highly sensitive classified documents taken by the FBI should be part of the special master’s responsibilities.
Ultimately, U.S. District…
This article was written by Devlin Barrett and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com