Thursday, the US Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s plea to restore a lower court’s judgment that blocked Special Master Raymond Dearie from reviewing 100 stolen secret Mar-a-Lago documents.
Last week, President Trump’s legal team petitioned the Supreme Court to reject a federal appeals court’s decision allowing the Department of Justice to review secret papers seized from Mar-a-Lago.
“The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on September 21, 2022, presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request by former President Donald Trump to vacate a lower appeals court ruling in a case related to the FBI raid and seizure of documents from his Florida residence last month.
The 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals had barred a so-called special master, who was appointed by a federal judge, from reviewing more than 100 classified documents as part of an examination of the more than 11,000 government records seized in the raid to determine which should be barred from being used in a criminal probe of Trump.
Trump’s lawyers last week asked the Supreme Court to reverse that decision arguing that it “impairs substantially the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the special master.”
Those attorneys also argued that “any limit on the comprehensive and transparent review of materials seized in the extraordinary raid of a president’s home erodes public confidence in our system of justice.”
A prior order imposed by Judge Aileen Cannon prevented the Justice Department from accessing the 100 secret papers.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Cannon’s order, restoring DOJ access to the Mar-a-Lago materials.
The 11th Circuit Court’s decision prohibits Special Master Raymond Dearie from studying the 100 secret records; he has access only to the non-classified materials.