Meet the Brooklyn judge now at the epicenter of the Mar-a-Lago records case

NEW YORK — Raymond Dearie, a senior federal judge, has overseen an international corruption case involving the highest levels of professional soccer. He authorized a highly secretive warrant to surveil a former campaign aide to Donald Trump. And he’s spent years taking on mobsters in New York City. But now, the 78-year-old Ronald Reagan appointee faces one of the thorniest legal tasks of his well-regarded career: sifting through files seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. A Florida-based federal judge on Thursday appointed Dearie to lead the “special master” review of those records amid a criminal investigation into the former president’s handling

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