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In the investigation of Mar-a-Lago, Trump and the DOJ come up with their own ideas

Both Donald Trump's lawyers and federal prosecutors suggested candidates for a 'special master' to oversee the investigation into the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, but they had different ideas about what the candidates would do.

The former president and the government turned in their plans to a federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday night, just before the deadline at midnight.

The feds suggested former Manhattan judge Hon. Court documents show that the role of the independent third party in the investigation into top-secret documents could go to either Barbara Jones or retired Washington, DC judge Thomas Griffith.

Jones had already worked as a special master for the government when Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen, two people close to Trump, were being investigated.

Trump asked the former US Attorney and judge in Manhattan, Hon. Raymond Dearie or Paul Huck, Jr., was a deputy attorney general in Florida in the past.

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The government suggested former New York federal Judge Barbara Jones as a special master.
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Former Brooklyn federal Judge Raymond Dearie was suggested by Trump’s team.
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The former president's team asked the special master to look at all documents taken from the resort, including those marked as classified, to "evaluate potential Executive Privilege claims." Trump's team said they don't think the judge should talk to the National Archives and Records Administration.

The government told the court that it didn't want the special master to look at classified documents or "decide claims of Executive Privilege." Instead, it said that the independent third party should talk to NARA about how to decide what to do with the large number of records.

The feds also want Trump to pay for the special master and want the arbitrator's review to be done by the middle of October. Trump's team asked that the review take 90 days to finish.

According to a legal brief filed by US Attorney Juan Gonzales, lawyers for each side will now meet to "resolve the outstanding issues in the proposed appointment orders."

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The government is investigating Donald Trump for potential violations of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice laws.
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The update came after Trump won an early legal battle against the government this week. A judge gave him the right to have a third party in the case after he said the feds would "discredit, leak, and make public certain parts of their investigation."

US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, made this decision. It stopped the DOJ from going through the documents, many of which were taken from Trump's Palm Beach resort during a raid on August 8.

Some of the files that were taken were so secret that FBI counterintelligence agents and Department of Justice lawyers were not allowed to look at them.


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