Trump Takes the FBI’s Raid Case to the Supreme Court

Trump’s lawyers contacted the Supreme Court to stop the federal government from reviewing the documents recovered in the FBI’s raid at Mar-a-Lago without the approval of the special master.

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas is supposed to review Trump’s request against the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Justice Thomas has jurisdiction over the 11th circuit court, which means he is mandated to entertain all emergency requests in the areas of his jurisdiction.

Trump’s FBI Case Goes into the Supreme Court

Recently, the 11th Circuit Court allowed the DOJ to use classified documents obtained from Trump’s residence against the former president without waiting for the review of the special master.

Previously, US District Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the DOJ to appoint a special master to review the classified documents.

However, the DOJ challenged the decision in front of the appeals court, which urged the higher court to reverse Cannon’s decision of appointing the special master.

As per Trump’s Supreme Court filing, the highest court must intervene in the current case as the incumbent federal government is prosecuting its political rival and the former president.

Likewise, the filing noted Justice Cannon tried to make the federal prosecution transparent by appointing a special master to the case, which is now reversed by the appeals court. 

Although the 11th circuit court had no authority to review the status of the special master on an interlocutory basis, it still reversed the decision, which would compromise the integrity of the ongoing investigation, the filing added.

Trump’s legal team also established that public trust in the American judiciary would be compromised if the federal government hinders the transparency of the criminal investigations against the former president.

Federal Government Seeks to Avoid Transparency in Anti-Trump Case

The special master was appointed to review almost 1,100 documents recovered in the FBI raid.

According to the federal government, the FBI recovered at least 100 classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, while Trump has claimed the federal agency did not confiscate any classified material.

As the special master was given the deadline of December 16 to review all the documents, Trump’s legal team informed the Supreme Court the DOJ is hindering the time-sensitive job of the special master, which needs to be stopped.

In its filing to the 11th circuit court, the DOJ established the federal government is unable to examine Trump’s records after Cannon’s decision, which is a major roadblock in criminal investigations against Trump.

So, the DOJ noted it would be able to fast-track the criminal investigations if it is allowed to use the documents without the approval of the special master.

The Supreme Court already asked the DOJ to submit its response against Trump’s appeal, noting the highest court would not act until it receives the response from the federal government.

Meanwhile, the National Archive told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that some documents from Trump’s White House are still missing, which is a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

This article appeared in TheDailyBeat and has been published here with permission.