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Major loss for Trump as appeals court ends special master review of Mar-a-Lago documents

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • In a blow to former President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court stopped a special master’s review of documents the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • The court’s decision is a win for the Department of Justice which had objected to the appointment of the special master.
  • Trump is under criminal investigation by the DOJ for his removal of government documents from the White House.

A federal appeals court on Thursday ended the third-party review of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The decision is a major boost for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal government because they can now use the documents in the criminal investigation against the former president.

In the 21-page opinion from the 11th Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel wrote that Judge Aileen Cannon, who granted Trump’s request for a special master in September, did not have the “jurisdiction to block the United States from using lawfully seized records in a criminal investigation.”

“The law is clear,” read the order. “We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so.”

Trump’s legal team had originally argued for the special master to protect the former president’s constitutional right to privacy. The DOJ, which is investigating if Trump violated federal law after taking classified documents from the White House after leaving office in January 2021, was granted access to some of the documents by the 11th Circuit in September.

In its opinion Thursday, the appeals court acknowledged that it was “indeed extraordinary for a warrant to be executed at the home of a former president—but not in a way that affects our legal analysis or otherwise gives the judiciary license to interfere in an ongoing investigation.”

Trump sought to challenge the approval of a warrant to search his home.

In August, FBI agents seized 11,000 documents at Mar-a-Lago as part of a criminal investigation for evidence of violations of the Espionage Act or obstruction of justice.

In a statement, Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung said the former president called the panel’s decision “procedural and based only on jurisdiction.”

“The decision does not address the merits that clearly demonstrate the impropriety of the unprecedented, illegal, and unwarranted raid on Mar-a-Lago,” Cheung’s statement said. 

Source: The Hill

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Colby Goodson

    December 3, 2022 at 6:46 am

    There is no nuclear codes, nothing to sell to foreign governments, and nothing more of importance than what Clinton destroyed. They are scared of his win in 2024. Plain and simple. As soon as he announced he was running. The DOJ announced this criminal charge. Coincidence?

    • Reynold gutz

      December 3, 2022 at 7:28 am

      This whole system is rigged but if we say anything or conspiracy theorists we are bad people I truly believe that Soros paid to have that virus leaked just to allow absentee ballots to be introduced chances of there being another Republican president at this point are slim Jesus Christ himself could run and those piece of shit Democrats would find a way to cheat him Aristotle said a tyrant prefers immigrants over citizens we’ll see come January with the house committees can come up with on that crackhead Hunter and his senile piece of shit father I hope they go after Fauci it isn’t that ironic Nancy Pelosi is retiring and she’s moving to Florida about a year ago they were letting in Haitians even though there were different strains of tuberculosis in Haiti that we had no cure for their letting them storm the border and now we have a tuberculosis spike in this country Joe Biden should be held legally liable for people dying from fentanyl but he is such a little worm he could care less long as he can take a shower with his 10-year-old daughter These people should get stomach cancer and suffer the rest of their lives the way they’re making us suffer

    • D

      December 3, 2022 at 7:57 am

      And you know there is nothing classified even though there were reports of classified documents how? How do you know this?
      You know shat! Trump is guilty! Worst president ever! He promised to fix highways and crumbling bridges! Promise made promise broken! The budget deficit rose $7.8 TRILLION under Trump. We got some south border fence! The 40% permanent tax cut he gave with the tax cut and jobs act 2017 was too much! The piss ant small 10 to 15 % that waa given to everyone else expires in 2025 —- a little over two years!
      Worst president ever!

      • Tman

        December 3, 2022 at 8:16 am

        You are a lying uneducated asshole and we are coming for you
        Idiots

      • Marilyn Mobley

        December 3, 2022 at 11:19 am

        Maybe we should get rid of all the people in our government start over since you thank that most people are treated worse then you. Thank about what you said or write.

    • DC

      December 3, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      I agree. He knows all the swamp players and where all the bodies are buried. So obvious they are scared shitless of him.

  2. Kris Anderson

    December 3, 2022 at 11:14 am

    He knew better. He took stuff that wasn’t his to take, e.g., letters from Kim). All he had to do was say oops and give the stuff back but his colossal ego prevented that. He’s a dolt who thinks he is above the law. End of story.

  3. James

    December 3, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Trump is an idiot. Kenye is an idiot. They are perfect for each other. Put them on a boat and send them to North Korea so the can be with their other idiot. Stooges!

  4. faye

    December 3, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Nothing done to all the treasonous people in our government that sold us out to China, or other presidents that took documents. We know what’s happening. They’re taking down our country one step at a time. They take political prisoners and get away with it to. Folks, we’ve just about lost our country to evil.

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