The US Supreme Court on Thursday denied Trump’s request to reverse a lower court’s ruling that prevented Special Master Raymond Dearie from reviewing 100 classified records stolen from Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump’s team last week requested the Supreme Court reverse a federal appeals court ruling to allow the DOJ to review classified documents 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.”
Judge Aileen Cannon previously issued an injunction and blocked the Justice Department’s access to the 100 classified documents.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Cannon’s injunction and once again gave the DOJ access to the Mar-a-Lago documents.
The 11th Circuit Court’s ruling also barred Special Master Raymond Dearie from reviewing the 100 classified records – he only has access to the non-classified documents.