Trump Must Pay $500 An Hour For Special Masters Assistant

  • Judge Raymond Dearie calls for help going through the documents the FBI has seized.
  • He nominated a retired judge, James Orenstein, to help him — at a cost of $500 an hour.
  • This bill will be paid by Trump, who has been asked to pay for the special master he has requested.

District Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master assigned as a neutral investigator to verify files seized in the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid, calls for backup.

In a filing Thursday, Dearie wrote that he would not seek additional compensation for serving as special master of the Trump case. However, he asked if he could hire an assistant — James Orenstein, a former New York magistrate — to help evaluate the 11,000 documents the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago.

Dearie has until November 30 to review the documents.

During the Mar-a-Lago raid, the FBI confiscated parties’ classified documents, including some marked “top secret.” The Justice Department is investigating whether Trump has violated any of three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by keeping the documents at his Florida residence.

In the filing, Dearie asked that Orenstein, who is retired, “be compensated at the $500 hourly rate.”

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 as a neutral third-party investigator amid the former president’s legal battle with the FBI over the seized documents. Trump bears the bill for the costs of appointing the special captain.

According to Dearie’s filing of Thursday, the costs incurred to hire Orenstein will be billed to Trump each month beginning October 1. In addition, the former president will receive an overview of “hours worked and expenses to be reimbursed”.

Trump’s team will then have seven days to dispute the amount and seven additional days after resolving potential disputes to pay the fees in full.

“Failure to make timely payment will be considered a violation of the Special Master’s order, subject to penalties under the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure,” the filing said.

Trump’s team has been at odds with Dearie since the latter was named special master.

This week, the former president’s legal team appealed to Dearie to avoid information about whether the documents found at Mar-a-Lago had been declassified, arguing that it would defend Trump’s defense against subsequent charges in would endanger.

On Wednesday, Trump also falsely claimed that he could have released top secret documents just by thinking about them.

Meanwhile, Dearie has also asked Trump’s team to prove the former president’s claim that the FBI had planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago.