The Justice Department said chief judge Raymond Dearie is acceptable, along with his two previously proposed picks: retired federal judges Barbara Jones and Thomas Griffith.
“Each has substantial judicial experience, during which they have presided over federal criminal and civil cases, including federal cases involving national security and privilege concerns,” prosecutors wrote.
Dearie, originally nominated by former President Ronald Reagan, has served as a federal judge in New York since the 1980s. She retired in 2011 and is now a chief judge on the circuit.
It’s unclear when US District Judge Aileen Cannon will decide who the special teacher is.
Last week, Cannon granted Trump’s request that outside counsel outside the government review the seized materials and asked that each side submit proposed candidates. Cannon also ordered Justice Department criminal investigators to stop using the seized materials as part of their ongoing investigation until the special master completes his review.
Trump opposes Justice Department nominees, but didn’t say why
“The plaintiff opposes the nominees proposed by the Department of Justice. Plaintiff believes there are specific reasons why those nominees are not preferred to serve as Special Counsel in this case,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.
The Justice Department nominated Griffith, who served as a judge on the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, from 2005 to 2020, and Jones, a former federal prosecutor who has been a special master in several recent investigations. high profile.
The Trump team also suggested attorney Paul Huck Jr., a former partner at the Jones Day law firm. The Justice Department objected to Huck Jr., noting that he “does not appear to have similar experience” to the three judges.
Trump’s lawyers argued Monday that the court did not ask for detailed reasoning and that they are trying to be “more respectful of candidates from either party.”
“Plaintiff also contends that it is more respectful for candidates of either party to conceal grounds for opposition from the public, and they are likely to circulate widely, pleading,” Trump’s attorneys wrote. “Therefore, Plaintiff requests this Court’s permission to express specifically our objections to the Government’s nominees only at such time as the Court specifies a desire to obtain and consider that information.”
Trump and the Justice Department have also disagreed on other key aspects of the special master’s responsibilities, including how long the review should take, who is responsible for paying the special master and what types of documents are subject to review.
In a nod to the government’s hope for a speedy review of the thousands of documents seized by the FBI, the Justice Department wrote that “in selecting among the three candidates, the government respectfully requests that the Court consider and select the best-positioned candidate.” to perform the assigned responsibilities of the special teacher.
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN’s Hannah Rabinowitz contributed to this report.