The Justice Department is seeking an expedited appeal challenging the appointment of a special master to review the documents seized during the FBI’s storming of Mar-a-Lago, claiming that their investigation has been adversely impacted.
On Friday, the DOJ filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit challenging federal Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling to appoint a neutral third party, something that the department vehemently opposed as it sought complete control over the confiscated material.
In the 15-page filing, the feds asked for the process to be sped up, claiming that the involvement of special master Raymond J. Dearie is impeding its criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump.
“The government is … unable to examine records that were commingled with materials bearing classification markings, including records that may shed light on, for example, how the materials bearing classification markings were transferred to Plaintiff’s residence, how they were stored, and who may have accessed them,” DOJ officials wrote in the appeal, according to Politico. “The records not marked as classified may also constitute evidence of potential [obstruction] and [concealment or removal of government records].”
“Based on the district court’s orders thus far, the government is barred from accessing all of the materials except those with classification markings recovered in August pursuant to a lawful search warrant — and it may continue to be barred from doing so until mid-December or later,” the DOJ wrote in asking the court to move quickly to weigh in on the legal issues which also include the claim of executive privilege by the former president.
“Absent such resolution by this Court, the special master proceedings could result in prolonged litigation, including through seriatim appeals to the district court from reports and recommendations and other rulings issued by the special master,” the DOJ claimed.
“The Justice Department’s motion also seeks to capitalize on a ruling earlier this month from an 11th Circuit panel which unanimously granted the government’s request to exclude about 100 documents with classification markings from the special master review. Prosecutors suggest that decision may have created a precedent that undermines Cannon’s essential rationale for the review,” Politico reported.
In another development, Judge Cannon overruled special master Raymond J. Dearie’s request that Trump’s lawyers submit a written list of all material seized in the August raid of Mar-a-Lago to clarify whether the former president’s legal team wants to pursue claims that the FBI planted evidence.
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While the legal battle over the documents continues to play out, the raid itself was a shocking and unprecedented action by the Justice Department against the administration’s top political opponent, the most brazen example yet of the weaponizing of the federal law enforcement apparatus against political adversaries of the Biden regime, dealing another blow to the FBI’s waning credibility and further reinforcing the perception of a two-tiered system of justice in America.
There is a growing sense of urgency from a regime determined to indict Trump as quickly as possible in order to remove him from the chessboard before he can declare his candidacy for 2024.
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