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Here's What We Know About The Special Master Named To Review Seized Mar-a-Lago Documents

• by Jack Phillips

Dearie, 79, was the only candidate for the special master role that both Trump's team and the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed on. In a separate order, Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the DOJ to stop its review of the materials that were taken from Trump's Florida residence last month, while the DOJ has indicated it will appeal.

With the order, Dearie will "review all of the materials seized" during the FBI raid and will have to verify documents in a property inventory to reflect the "property seized." The judge also is tasked with carrying out a "privilege review" of the items that were taken and has to inform the court if there are "privilege disputes between the parties."

Dearie was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 for New York. He retired in 2011 and is now a senior judge in the district.

Dearie was the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He became the chief judge of the Eastern District from 2007 to 2011, and he remains an active judge on senior status.

Notably, he served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court for several years. He was one of several judges who approved warrants for the FBI's surveillance targeting former Trump aide Carter Page in 2016 as part of the bureau's Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which triggered Trump's allegations of malfeasance against the federal law enforcement agency.