Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene in Mar-a-Lago case

WASHINGTON—Former President donald trump filed an emergency request on Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the matter of the classified files which he kept at Mar-a-Lago after he left office.

Trump’s legal team asked the court to allow the special master to review classified documents that federal agents seized from Trump’s estate in Florida, but they did not ask judges to block the Justice Department from using the documents in a criminal investigation.

In their application, Trump’s lawyers asked the court to release part of a decision rendered on September 21 by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the Justice Department could resume using classified documents from Mar-a-Lago in its criminal investigation and barred the special master from reviewing them.

The final part of the appeals court’s decision “significantly compromises the ongoing and urgent work of the special master,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the filing on Tuesday. “Furthermore, any limits on the full and transparent review of documents seized in the extraordinary raid on a president’s home erodes public confidence in our justice system.

The unanimous decision handed down last month by the three-judge panel, the former president’s lawyers said, effectively compromised “the integrity of the well-established policy against piecemeal review of appeals” and ignored “the broad discretion of the district court without justification”.

Judge Clarence Thomas, who handles emergency requests for the 11th Circuit, on Tuesday asked the Justice Department to file a response to Trump’s request by 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Although Thomas may act on the request himself, it is highly likely that he will return it. to the full court, which will not act until it receives this response, which means that the lower court’s decision remains in place for the time being.

To get what he wants, Trump would need five judges to agree with him. Despite the court having a 6-3 conservative majority, including three justices he appointed, Trump has not done well in other such emergency demands, including his attempt to block the surrender. White House documents to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. , 2021, attack on the US Capitol and its attempt to avoid disclosure of its financial records to New York prosecutors.

Trump’s team argued in Tuesday’s filing that the 11th Circuit court ‘did not have jurisdiction to review’ the district court’s order ‘that the special master must review documents seized from the president’s home. Trump, including approximately 103 documents that the government says bear classification marks.”

The appeals court ruled in response to an appeal by the Department of Justice against a decision earlier in the month by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, who temporarily barred the department from reviewing and using seized documents for investigative purposes.

cannon named Special Master Raymond J. Dearie, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, to review all documents seized at Mar-a-Lago on August 8. The Trump team had nominated Dearie, and Justice Department officials had signaled their endorsement for him as a potential arbiter to determine whether any of the documents are protected by attorney-client or executive privileges.

The The National Archives informed the House Oversight and Reform Committee Friday that some Trump White House recordings have still not been return in accordance with the law on presidential archives.

Several days after the FBI searched Trump’s property in Florida, a receipt for the items recovered show that agents found a treasure trove of top-secret documents and other highly classified documents. Federal agents removed 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were labeled secret and top secret.

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