Former President Donald Trump called on the Supreme Court to intervene in the legal fight against the Department of Justice over the documents seized from his residence at the Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump filed an emergency request to partially block an order from a lower court that sided with the DOJ to allow it to continue its investigation into the classified documents.
Attorneys for the former president called for an independent review of the documents by a special master in order to ascertain whether some documents would be protected from the investigation through executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.
While a judge had earlier appointed the special master and stopped the DOJ investigation, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the probe could continue.
"The court does not find it appropriate to accept the government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion," said federal district Judge Aileen Cannon on September 15.
While Trump has claimed numerous times that he used the power of the Executive branch to declassify all of the documents that he brought to Mar-a-Lago, the appeals panel noted that his attorneys had not yet used that argument in court.
“Plaintiff has not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents. Nor has he established that the current administration has waived that requirement for these documents,” the panel wrote.
Some on the left were incensed that a judge appointed by Trump had ruled in his favor and they lashed out on social media about their consternation.
The FBI seized around 11,000 documents from Mar-a-Lago on August 8 and of those, about 100 were identified as classified documents.
Trump appointed three of the justices who are currently on the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
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