A federal appeals committee overturned a decision that temporarily blocked the Justice Department’s investigation into documents seized in Mar-a-Lago.
The three-judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit rendered its verdict on Wednesday evening.
A judge had previously sided with the attorneys represent former President Donald Trump and appointed a special foreman to independently review the confiscated documents, temporarily blocking the DOJ’s investigation. Liberals and other critics of the former president accused the Trump-appointed judge of being biased in her judgment.
The whiteboard said in their 29-page verdict that Trump “did not even attempt to show that he needed to know the information contained in the classified documents. Nor did he state that the current government has waived this requirement for these documents.”
The Justice Department had argued that a special master’s degree was unnecessary because Trump, as a former president, could not release any documents.
Trump has said publicly that he issued an open order to decertify all documents taken from the White House and brought to his Mar-a-Lago residence.
Raymond Dearie, the appointed special master, said in a meeting with Trump’s legal team and Justice Department attorneys that he was inclined to consider some documents classified because the former president’s attorneys had not said whether the documents had been released.
James Trusty, an attorney for Trump, said in court Tuesday that the former president had “unrestricted access along with unrestricted declassification authority,” but declined to say specifically whether Trump would release the documents.
Of the three judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, two were appointed by Trump and the third was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
Here is more about the Court of Appeals ruling:
Court of Appeals allows DOJ to resume review of classified information found at Mar-A-Lago
https://www.theblaze.com/news/doj-maralago-documents The appeals court allows the DOJ to continue investigating the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago