Breaking: Court of Appeals rules against Trump, allowing DOJ to resume investigation into documents seized at Mar-a-Lago

A federal appeals court decided against it former President Donald Trump and allowed the Justice Department to resume its investigation into the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

A panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a previous order by US District Court Judge Aileen Cannon was wrong. Cannon had granted Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to independently determine whether classified documents are protected by executive privilege or attorney-client privilege. This order also paused the DOJ investigation until those documents were properly evaluated.

Liberals and other critics condemned the ruling because Judge Cannon had been nominated for president during Trump’s tenure.

On Thursday, the Court of Appeals reversed the Cannon verdict.

“The law is clear. We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block a government investigation after the warrant has been executed,” the panel wrote. “Nor can we write a rule that only allows past presidents to do this.”

All three judges on the panel were appointed by Republican presidents.

They went on to write that they “agree with the Government that the Circuit Court failed to exercise equitable jurisdiction properly and that a dismissal of the entire proceeding is required.”

Trump suffered another court defeat when the Supreme Court refused to block an injunction that allowed the House Ways and Means Committee to collect his tax returns from the Treasury Department for six years.

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) welcomed the ruling.

“These documents are critical to fulfilling the House’s constitutional mandate: safeguarding the public interest, defending our national security, and holding our officials accountable,” she wrote in a statement.

Here’s more about the order against Trump:

BREAKING: Appeals court blocks review of documents taken from Trump’s Breaking: Court of Appeals rules against Trump, allowing DOJ to resume investigation into documents seized at Mar-a-Lago

Laura Coffey

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