Je Ministry of Justice appealed the pause of a criminal investigation into classified documents discovered at the Mar-a-Lago resort of former President Donald Trump last month.
The DOJ has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that suspended the investigation until the 11,000 documents seized by the FBI can be reviewed by a third party independent.
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“While the government believes the District Court fundamentally erred in appointing a special master and granting an injunction, the government seeks to stay only those parts of the order causing the most serious and immediate harm. to the government and the public, by (1) restricting the government’s review and use of documents bearing classification marks and (2) requiring the government to release such documents for a special review process. grant this modest but critically important relief,” the DOJ said in Friday’s late-night filing, according to court documents.
Cannon also denied the DOJ’s request for a partial suspension of the investigation so it could set aside about 100 documents with classified marks from review. The department said the material was critical to the investigation into whether classified documents had been mishandled by the previous administration.
The judge appointed a New York federal judge, Raymond Dearie, to act as a special master who would independently review the documents and gave Dearie until November 30 to complete the review.
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The appeal is the latest in a legal battle between Trump and the DOJ over documents the former president kept after leaving office. Trump’s lawyer, Christina Bobb, signed a document in June certifying that all classified documents had been turned over to the government.
The DOJ is investigating whether violations of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice occurred as part of its investigation into classified documents, according to an unsealed warrant for the August raid. Trump denied any wrongdoing, saying he had declassified the confiscated material.