A panel of judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday revoke the appointment of a special master tasked with reviewing thousands of documents seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.
That appointment had been one of Trump’s greatest judicial achievements in the legal battle he is having with the current US government in relation to those documents, since the expert was in charge of determining what papers the Executive could access in your research and which ones not.
The ruling by the three-judge panel, including two Trump appointees, will take effect in seven days, without intervention by the full circuit court or the Supreme Court.
“The law is clear,” the judges found. “We cannot write a rule that would allow any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations. after the execution of the order. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so.”
Till the date, the expert was reviewing the hundred documents marked as classified that were found among the more than 13,000 that the FBI seized on August 8 during the search of Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago.
The order effectively removes what federal authorities had described as a major roadblock in their ongoing criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally withheld highly classified records after leaving office and obstructed government efforts to recover them.
Appellate judges signaled in a hearing last week that they would likely order an end to the special teacher review. They repeatedly expressed concern that US District Judge Aileen Cannon’s appointment of external judge Raymond Dearie in Florida lacked clear precedent.
The panel was skeptical of the claims by Trump lawyer Jim Trusty, who described the search of Trump’s home as “an extraordinary case” that warranted the intervention of an outside arbitrator to review all the materials seized in August.
As part of your job, Dearie was supposed to look into whether any of the documents taken raised privilege issues, whether it be executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.
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Source: La Opinion