Justice Department files motion for partial stay to appeals court in Mar-a-Lago documents case - BESTTIPS24

Justice Department files motion for partial stay to appeals court in Mar-a-Lago documents case

The DOJ argued that classified documents seized are government property.

Among those subpoenaed are close advisers to former President Donald Trump, as well as former White House officials and staffers from his 2020 presidential campaign.
The Justice Department has filed a motion Friday evening with the 11th Circuit Court of appeals for a partial stay pending appeal of Judge Aileen Cannon’s order requiring a special master to review items seized at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Cannon’s order effectively froze the government’s ability to use the contents of the seized records, including classified documents, as part of its criminal investigation.

Cannon rejected the Justice Department’s request to allow investigators to continue reviewing classified government records it seized at Mar-a-Lago for its criminal investigation. Instead, those records must be given to a special master for review to consider claims for return of personal property and assertions of attorney-client or executive privilege.

The Justice Department is asking the appeals court to issue a partial stay of Cannon’s order to permit it to continue to work with those classified records and not disclose them for a special-master review process.

The government argued that classified documents seized at the Florida resort are government property to which Trump could make no claim and should not be subject to review by a special master.

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