Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer claimed during an appearance on Newsmax that the Department of Justice was planning an “October surprise.”
On Tuesday, lawyers for Trump and for the Department of Justice held a hearing for the first time with Raymond Dearie, who has been appointed as the special master to conduct an independent review of documents seized during the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago last month.
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Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer, appeared on Newsmax’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight” to discuss details of the hearing.
According to Habba, the entire point of appointing a special master was for him to mediate the issue of which documents are considered to be personal records, which are governed under the Presidential Records Act.
The lawyer went on to claim that the purpose of the DOJ’s raid of Mar-a-Lago was because the November midterms are coming up and the agency wanted an “October surprise.”
“They’re panicking,” Habba said. “This is what happens. This is not what the DOJ is supposed to do. This is not what the FBI is supposed to do. But that is what I think is happening.”
Dearie reportedly stated that he does not want to look at the classified documents — which, according to Habba, was the entire purpose of appointing a special master.
Nonetheless, Habba praised U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon — who appointed Dearie — for providing him with a November 30 deadline to complete his work. She noted that the deadline is after the midterms, which would prevent the DOJ from doing “what they want to do, which is basically trying to take down Donald Trump” before the elections, in which many of the candidates are openly pro-Trump.
“That’s a problem if you’re politicizing an agenda, because the November midterms will come and go, and they will not get done what they want to do, which is basically trying to take down Donald Trump,” Habba said. “That’s my opinion. But it is what it is, and that’s why they’re pushing, they’re appealing.”
The DOJ is currently trying to fight in court to continue to look at the documents, which they are prevented from doing while the special master is reviewing them. The department has appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Cannon’s ruling and allow them to continue their review.