The special master reviewing the documents that the FBI retrieved from Mar-a-Lago during the search last month is asking for extra help that could cost Donald Trump $500 per hour.
In a court filing Thursday, District Court Judge Raymond Dearie wrote that he would seek additional help to review the 11,000 documents retrieved from Trump’s home during the raid. He asked to be allowed to hire James Orenstein, a retired magistrate judge, who will bill Trump at a rate of $500 per hour.
Trump will be billed every month for hiring Orenstein starting October 1. He will be given an outline of “the hours worked and expenses to be reimbursed.”
“Failure to make timely payment will be deemed a violation of the Special Master’s order subject to sanction pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure,” the filing stated.
FBI agents conducted a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on August 8 and seized more than 11,000 documents, including about 100 that had classification markings.
Dearie was appointed special master last week to sift through the documents for records that are potentially protected by attorney-client or executive privilege. He has until Nov. 30th to finish his review.