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The Department of Justice has asked the 11th Circuit to allow it to continue using classified documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in a criminal investigation.
The DOJ’s request comes after a special master was appointed to review documents seized from Trump’s Florida property.
NEW YORK JUDGE RAYMOND DEARIE APPOINTED AS SPECIAL MASTER IN TRUMP MAR-A-LAGO CASE
“Although the government believes the district court fundamentally erred in appointing a special master and granting injunctive relief, the government seeks to stay only the portions 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 records bearing classification markings and (2) requiring the government to disclose those records for a special-master review process,” the DOJ wrote.
Friday’s motion is a partial appeal that would allow prosecutors to continue working with documents while Raymond Dearie, the special master appointed by Judge Aileen Cannon, reviews them.
Prosecutors argued in the motion that Trump would not be able to assert executive privilege over the documents, which are the property of the executive branch. They also urged the court to rule on their motion quickly because the “public would suffer irreparable harm absent a stay.”
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The DOJ also argued that a stay allowing prosecutors to continue to use classified documents in a criminal investigation wouldn’t interfere with Dearie’s review process.