United States District Court Judge Aileen Cannon has appointed a special master to review documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month, rejecting a Justice Department (DOJ) request to let federal prosecutors continue their review of classified documents.
Judge Cannon appointed Raymond Dearie, a former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to act as special master and ordered the review be completed by November 30th. She stressed the importance of appointing “a neutral third party” to conduct the review “in an expedited and orderly fashion.”
But there’s a catch: Trump’s legal team must cover the costs.
u201cCANNON is also urging Dearie to complete his review by Nov. 30 u2014 more than a month longer than DOJ urged. nnBut, in one consession to DOJ, she says Trump has to pay the full cost of the special master. https://t.co/ADuRMisLV2u201d
— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1663282871
The news that Trump will have to pay for the costs of the special master’s review is especially significant because Trump has for decades typically avoided or flat out refused to pay his debts.
Over the years, hundreds of people have alleged that Trump doesn’t pay his bills. In 2016, at the height of the election cycle, USA TODAYreported that its team had reviewed “at least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings” from people who’ve accused Trump and his businesses of not paying them for their work.
Trump’s penchant for not paying his bills has made him so infamous that he has had trouble securing legal services and had to scramble to find representation after the FBI raided his home.
The news that Trump—whose legal troubles have only continued to mount—is on the hook for fees related to the special master’s review prompted many to make the same joke.
u201cJudge Cannon has ordered Trump to pay for 100% of the costs of the special master review. nnCareful what you wish for, #BrokeBoyu201d
— Aunt Eva (@Aunt Eva) 1663341492
u201cTrump has to pay? Huh. Dearie better get his money up front.u201d
— Michael Richie (@Michael Richie) 1663287182
u201cThey better get that up front and in cash. Otherwise, itu2019s malfeasance. TFG wonu2019t pay. Even if he milks or extorts it from his flock, he wonu2019t pay.u201d
— MAJKongSAC ud83cuddfaud83cuddf8 u0421u043bu0430u0432u0430 u0423u043au0440u0430u0457u043du0456! ud83cuddfaud83cudde6 (@MAJKongSAC ud83cuddfaud83cuddf8 u0421u043bu0430u0432u0430 u0423u043au0440u0430u0457u043du0456! ud83cuddfaud83cudde6) 1663286138
u201cLulz. As if Trump would pay. ud83eudd23u201d
— rotophonic ud83cuddfaud83cudde6 ud83cudf3b ud83dudc89ud83dudc89ud83dudc89 (@rotophonic ud83cuddfaud83cudde6 ud83cudf3b ud83dudc89ud83dudc89ud83dudc89) 1663292990
u201cDearie will be waiting for Hell to freeze over before he gets paid by Trump.u201d
— My Info (@My Info) 1663288297
The schadenfreude is real.
u201cTrump the cheapskate is asking the DOJ to split the bill for the Special MasternnIt doesnu2019t work like thatnnYOU requested the Special Master that no one else wantednnThis was YOUR delay tacticnnThe days of you forcing us taxpayers to pay for your endless BS are coming to an endu201d
— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li) 1662787438
u201cJudge Cannon has assigned former chief federal Judge Raymond Dearie as special master in Trump’s case. nnThe DOJ has accepted Dearie because of his experience in national security cases.nnCannon ordered Trump to pay 100% of the costs for the review. ud83eudd23ud83eudd23Cough itud83dudcb0 up, Trump.u201d
— Aunt Eva (@Aunt Eva) 1663340906
u201cThat means MAGAts will pay and the dolts will pay it gladly.u201d
— carolynsudduth01 (@carolynsudduth01) 1663327110
Dearie was the only candidate Trump’s legal team and the DOJ could agree on; Trump had previously rejected all of the DOJ’s picks and has suggested that the investigation is politically motivated.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was searched last month by FBI agents who were hunting for classified documents Trump had spirited away from the Oval Office. They are still searching for others after recovering empty folders with classified markings on the premises.
The DOJ sought a search warrant after “obtaining evidence that highly classified documents were likely concealed and that Mr. Trump’s representatives had falsely claimed all sensitive material had been returned,” according to The New York Times, which broke the news about the court filing.
The filing came after Trump requested an independent review of materials seized from Mar-a-Lago following a search that found three classified documents in desks in Trump’s office as well as more than 100 documents in 13 boxes or containers with classification markings, some with the highest restrictions.