US appeals judge over Trump documents
The U.S. Justice Department wants to appeal through an appeal that it can reopen the FBI’s investigation into classified documents found during a raid on former President Donald Trump’s home.
The FBI found more than 11,000 government documents during an early August raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. The ministry is probing various matters, including whether confidential documents were withheld and whether attempts were made to subvert the central government’s investigation.
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Earlier this week, at Trump’s request, an independent arbitrator (special master) was appointed by a judge to examine items found during the search. According to the former president, the FBI investigation was politically motivated and needed a third party to examine the documents more closely.
A hundred files
The judge who appointed the arbitrator ruled that the FBI could not immediately proceed with its investigation into classified documents found at Trump’s home. The Justice Department made the request after Trump urged a judge to suspend the criminal investigation pending a jury. The Justice Department is now trying to access about 100 seized files containing classified information through an appeal.
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The Justice Department has previously strongly opposed Trump’s demand for independent arbitration. That arbitrator, former Judge Raymond Deary, has been given the power to withhold discovery documents from the government.
That privilege is a legal doctrine that protects certain communications from the White House. The department found that Trump could not claim executive privilege because the documents were not his; They are owned by the government.
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