Supreme Court denies Trump’s appeal in Mar-a-Lago raid documents case

Documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago

Source: Department of Justice

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request by the former president donald trump overturn a lower appeals court ruling in a case related to the FBI raid and seizure of documents from his Florida residence last month.

Trump had asked the Supreme Court to allow a so-called special master to review more than 100 classified documents that were found by FBI agents in his home among more than 11,000 government records seized at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.

The request came after the 11th US Circuit of Appeals barred that watchdog, appointed by a federal judge, from examining the classified documents. The appeals court said that subset of records could only be reviewed by the Justice Department, which is conducting a criminal investigation of Trump.

Trump’s lawyers last week asked the Supreme Court to reverse that decision, arguing that it “substantially harms the ongoing and urgent work of the special master.”

Those lawyers also argued that “any limit on the comprehensive and transparent review of materials seized in the extraordinary search of a president’s home erodes public confidence in our justice system.”

On Tuesday, the Justice Department urged the Supreme Court to deny Trump’s appeal.

US Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar in a court filing argued that Trump has “no plausible claims” about the classified records.

In an order issued Thursday, the Supreme Court said: “The application to vacate the stay filed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on September 21, 2022, submitted to Judge [Clarence] Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied”.

Thomas oversees emergency appeals for the 11th Circuit.

There were no discrepancies on the part of any of the Supreme Court judges named in the order.

Trump’s appeal to the Supreme Court was on a relatively narrow issue and was not expected to affect any final Justice Department decision on whether to bring criminal charges against him or others. Even if he had prevailed, the Justice Department would have continued its review of the classified documents.

However, the former Republican president has a decades-long history of using the legal system and the appeals process to prolong criminal, civil and government investigations.

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And as the person who appointed three of the nine sitting Supreme Court justices, he might have expected to receive a favorable ruling.

The DOJ is investigating Trump for expunging White House records when he left office in January 2021 and moved into his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. By law, such documents belong to the federal government and must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Justice Department is also investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice in the case.

Last year, NARA became aware that Trump may have government records in his possession and finally recovered 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. After discovering that some of the documents were classified, NARA referred the matter to the Justice Department, which opened a criminal investigation.

Prior to the Aug. 8 raid at Mar-a-Lago, in which thousands of government documents were found, Trump’s lawyers had claimed that a search of the club had failed to turn up the records requested by the Justice Department.

After the raid, Trump asked US District Judge Aileen Cannon to appoint a special master to review the seized material for documents that might be exempt from use in the criminal investigation because they are protected by executive or attorney privilege. client.

Cannon soon after appointed Brooklyn, New York, federal judge Raymond Dearie to serve in that role.

Dearie continues to examine the unclassified records seized in the raid.

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