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    Clarence Thomas Issues Order to Biden DOJ as Trump Takes Mar-a-Lago Fight to Supreme Court

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    In a legal filing, former President Donald Trump requested that a special master assigned to the case be permitted to review dozens of documents seized in the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has given the Biden administration until early next week to respond.

    Tuesday saw Trump submit an urgent appeal to the court, forcing Thomas to ask the Department of Justice of the Biden administration for a response.

    According to Axios, Thomas was the justice who responded since he is in charge of hearing 11th Circuit emergency appeals.

    Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida appointed retired federal judge Raymond Dearie as a special master to review the documents seized in the raid on August 8. She also ordered that all of the documents seized, including those marked classified, be reviewed by Trump’s lawyers.

    The portions of the ruling that dealt with a prohibition on using the papers and sharing what it claims are 100 secret documents with Trump’s counsel were appealed by the Justice Department.

    The DOJ gained complete triumph when a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it may utilize the records it collected during its search on Mar-a-Lago in its investigation of the former president.

    The decision also permitted the Justice Department to conceal from Trump’s counsel the information contained in documents marked as confidential when the special master is reviewing the seized records.

    Trump’s emergency appeal claimed that by withholding records from his attorneys, the appellate court exceeded its authority.

    “Indeed, all that was before the Eleventh Circuit was the Injunction Order, which contained only the District Court’s statement of prospective intent regarding the appointment of a special master, but specifically did not set forth the Special Master’s duties and scope of review,” according to the filing from his attorneys.

    According to the brief, the appellate judgment blatantly disregards the district court’s broad discretion and undermines the integrity of the well-established policy of piecemeal appellate review.

    Additionally, Trump’s attorneys argued “Moreover, 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.”

    According to the filing, “The unprecedented circumstances presented by this case — an investigation of the 45th president of the United States by the administration of his political rival and successor — compelled the district court to acknowledge the significant need for enhanced vigilance and to order the appointment of a special master to ensure fairness, transparency and maintenance of the public trust.”

    Politico emphasized in its story how the filing complements Trump’s approach.

    The outlet stated on Tuesday that allowing a thorough review of the 100 classified documents “would make it easier for Trump to continue to pursue claims that those documents — some marked ‘Top Secret,’ or with even more restrictive classifications — should not be in the hands of Justice Department investigators because they are subject to executive privilege, because Trump declassified them before leaving office, or for other reasons.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Although Trump has said he declassified the documents, attorneys so far have not produced documents saying that he did so.

    In its ruling last month that prompted Trump’s appeal, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals touched on the issue. CONTINUE READING…

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