The court hearings over the Biden administration’s FBI raid on the Trump family’s Florida home continue with orders intended to halt the due process and retain information within the Biden administration. In the spirit of fairness and openness, former President Trump had requested that a special master analyze papers alongside the Department of Justice.
After Judge Aileen Cannon appointed a’special master’ to analyze the evidence gathered during the FBI search, the Justice Department petitioned the 11th Circuit to reverse a portion of her decision. They sought to halt portions of the order requiring the special master to review classified information — including around 100 classified papers recovered during a search on August 8 – and where Trump was invoking privilege claims.
Trump has often said that he declassified the records personally before leaving the White House.
DOJ contended that these records were government property and that Trump should not be permitted to assert executive privilege over them, while also claiming attorney-client privilege over attorney-client materials.
The court permitted the decision against the special master, despite the fact that the special master retained his preeminent position. The incumbent, District Judge Raymond Dearie, was nominated by Trump’s staff. A panel of three Appeals Court judges found in favor of DOJ.
Trump’s legal team contended that any meddling in the assessment of evidence erodes public trust in our system of justice, given Trump’s own claim of privilege.
Tuesday, legal analysts noted that Trump’s legal team did not attempt to overturn another portion of the appeals court’s ruling: that the DOJ may continue to utilize secret documents in its probe.
Just as the Department of Justice has contended that Trump’s strategy may impede an investigation under the Espionage Act, Trump’s team has argued that it could hinder the work of the special master.
They said, ‘This unwarranted stay should be vacated as it impairs substantially the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the Special Master.’
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‘Moreover, 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.’
Now, former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the Mar-a-Lago case, after the ruling that put a stop to allowing a special master to review classified documents seized from the president’s Florida club.
Trump’s team says the court did not have jurisdiction over such a matter. CONTINUE READING…