Currently, a debate is raging over the appointment of a special master to analyze the seized papers alongside the FBI review in relation to the FBI raid on the Trump family residence, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.
Former Federal Judge Aileen Cannon decided in the past that Former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master should be granted, but no special master has yet been appointed.
Trump and the administration have both nominated candidates for consideration.
The government’s Democratic nominees might form an alliance with the FBI, but Trump’s Republican nominees are more in line with Trump’s initial desire, which was that a special master be chosen to guarantee fairness.
There is also dispute on who should pay the special master’s hefty fee.
Trump indicated in his plea that he and the government should pay the expense equally.
The government contends that Trump should shoulder the entire expense.
Additionally, federal prosecutors are seeking a reversal of Cannon’s stay on their probe, especially with regard to sensitive documents.
The judge ordered the FBI to cease utilizing the confiscated “secret” materials until the special master’s review for privilege claims was complete.
Former President Trump has indicated on many occasions that he personally declassified the papers in issue before leaving office, and a study of the records should clarify their status.
Friday follow-ups from both the Justice Department and Trump’s team indicate that they disagree on the nature of a special master review.
Both parties nominated two candidates that night.
The Justice Department recommended former Southern District of New York Judge Barbara Jones, who presided over the investigations of Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani as a special master.
In addition, the organization nominated retired D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Griffith.
Trump’s team named former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Raymond Dearie as one of their two candidates.
Dearie is a surprising choice for Trump – while on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, he approved a search warrant to surveil Trump’s 2016 campaign aide Carter Page.
They also suggested attorney Paul Huck Jr., a former adviser to Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist when he was the Republican governor of Florida.
The opposing sides even disagreed on how long the review should take.
The Justice Department asked for it to be completed in just over a month, by October 17.
Trump asked for a 90-day window. That would mean it’s not completed until after the November midterm elections.
Trump’s lawyers have until 10 a.m. on Monday to respond after the Justice Department issued an ambiguous warning that Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision would cause ‘irreparable harm’ to national security in a Thursday court filing.
That Monday deadline may be the answer to an apparently rushed visit to D.C.
Donald Trump has raised questions with an unplanned arrival in Washington, DC on Sunday evening.
Trump disembarked appearing slightly disheveled and still wearing his golf shoes.
Trump is in DC on a surprise trip pic.twitter.com/KxwZZ8JXnG
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 12, 2022
Daily Mail reported:
“The former president landed at Dulles International Airport in his white sporting shoes and quickly got into a black SUV with tinted windows, according to the video shot by YouTuber Andrew Leyden.
Trump does have a golf course in Virginia, but it’s unlikely he rushed to the area for a game given the rainy forecast expected for Monday.
His appearance suggests he left home in a hurry.
His surprise trip to the national capital has prompted speculation over whether he is facing an indictment or some other legal matter, amid the Justice Department’s explosive investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving office.
Trump is in DC, and 80% of Americans are hoping he’s getting arrested! pic.twitter.com/UFB2E6qj6m
— Laurie 🇺🇦🌈💙 (@Laurieluvsmolly) September 12, 2022
— Eric Ravenwolf (@DarkCarnieEric) September 12, 2022
There are rumors that Donald Trump is in DC because he's going to Walter Reed hospital. A video of Trump arriving at Dulles Airport was posted online.
Some have suggested that Trump may be in D.C. because he is due to be arrested by the Department of Justice. pic.twitter.com/dXMzn8ftCP
— Tony 🌊 #BlueWave (@TonyHussein4) September 12, 2022
Trump was seen departing Dulles at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the video.
The ex-president was spotted descending the steps of his private plane markedly dressed down from his usual clean-cut suit and tie.
Trump’s white polo was worn casually with its top buttons flung open, and he appeared to also be wearing a brown jacket and black slacks.
‘I went on the toll road, his motorcade came behind me and then they just disappeared – I think they went north to his golf course up by Leesburg or something,’ Leyden said in his video after capturing Trump’s arrival.
Trump appeared to be traveling without any family members.
Secret Service agents, who normally provide security to current and former presidents, were not immediately spotted in the video.
Notably, the former president has been silent on his social media platform Truth Social since around the time he arrived at Dulles.”
If you're wondering why Trump is in DC dressed for golf, one possibility people seem to be forgetting is that he has a golf course twenty minutes from Dulles
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 12, 2022
Trump is in DC is trending.. and the disgusting left the algorithm pushes is dancing for glee in the hopes it's bad news for 45. Can you imagine if the Right did this to Obama constantly? Can you? @paraga you proud of this?
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) September 12, 2022
BlueAnon is going nuts under the "grand jury" and "Trump is in DC" trends.
They've got him this time!
— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) September 12, 2022
DailyMail.com has reached out to Trump’s spokesperson for comment.
The apparently rushed visit to D.C. by the former president comes less than 24 hours before his legal team faces a deadline to refute the Justice Department’s appeal asking a court to overturn an earlier ruling granting Trump’s request for a special master to review files that the FBI seized from his home last month, Daily Mail reports.