The special master Trump requested is calling for extra help to review the seized Mar-a-Lago documents — and will be billing Trump $500 an hour for it
Former President Donald Trump had requested that District Judge Raymond Dearie be appointed special master to review the seized Mar-a-Lago documents.
Judge Raymond Dearie is asking for help to search through documents seized by the FBI.
He appointed a retired judge, James Orenstein, to assist him at a rate of $500 an hour.
That bill is being footed by Trump, who has been asked to pay for the special master he has requested.
District Court Judge Raymond Dearie, the special counsel assigned as a neutral investigator to review the files seized in the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid, calls for reinforcements.
In a filing dated Thursday, Dearie wrote that he would not seek additional compensation for serving as a special master in the Trump case. However, he asked to hire an assistant -- James Orenstein, a former New York judge -- to help process the 11,000 documents the FBI had taken from Mar-a-Lago.
Dearie has until November 30th to complete the review of the documents.
During its raid on Mar-a-Lago, the FBI seized stacks of classified documents, including some marked "top secret." The Justice Department is investigating whether Trump violated any of three federal laws -- including the espionage law -- by keeping the documents at his Florida home.
In the filing, Dearie requested that Orenstein, who is retired, be "compensated at an hourly rate of $500."
Dearie, 78, is a former Chief Justice of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. At Trump's request, he was appointed neutral investigator amid the former president's legal battle with the FBI over the confiscated documents. Trump bears the costs of appointing the special master.
According to Dearie's filing on Thursday, the cost of hiring Orenstein will be billed to Trump each month beginning October 1. In addition, the former President receives an overview of “the hours worked and the expenses to be reimbursed”.
Trump's team then has seven days to dispute the amount and seven more days after resolving potential disputes to pay the costs in full.
"Failure to pay on time will be considered a violation of the special master's order, which will be sanctioned under the Federal Code of Civil Procedure," the filing reads.
Trump's team has been messing with Dearie ever since he was promoted to Special Master.
This week, the former president's legal team appealed to Dearie not to release information about whether the documents found at Mar-a-Lago were declassified, arguing that doing so would jeopardize any defense of Trump against subsequent charges.
On Wednesday, Trump also unsubstantiatedly claimed that he could have released top secret documents if he had only thought about it.
Meanwhile, Dearie has also asked Trump's team to prove the former president's claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago.
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