Mar-a-Lago probe: Appeals court grants DOJ request for partial stay of judge’s order on Trump special master

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A panel of judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department’s request to stay parts of District Judge Eileen Cannon’s ruling that effectively halted the government’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents after he left office. .

The three-judge panel, made up of two Trump appointees and one Obama appointee, unanimously ruled that the Justice Department is no longer barred from using classified documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago in its investigation and no more need to send them to custom master Ray Deere for inspection.

“Trump did not even attempt to show that he had a need to know the information contained in the classified documents,” the panel’s ruling said. “Nor has he established that the current administration has waived that requirement for those documents.”

They also agree with the Justice Department that Trump has not produced any records or claims that he ever declassified the documents in question, and that his team resisted saying so when pressed by Deary.

“In any event, at least for these purposes, the declassification argument is prejudicial because declassifying an official document will not change its content or make it personal,” the judges said. “Thus, even if we were to assume that plaintiff did declassify some or all of the documents, that would not explain why he had a personal interest in them.”

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