Washington — Former President Donald Trump’s legal team urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to rejectAllowing investigators to regain access to about 100 classified-marked documents seized from his Florida estate, claiming the government had “criminalized document disputes” and opposed “a transparent process that provides much-needed oversight.”
“The investigation into the 45th president of the United States is unprecedented and misguided,” Trump’s lawyers, James Trusty and Christopher Kise, wrote in their response. “At its heart is a runaway file storage dispute in which the government wrongly sought to Criminalize the 45th president’s possession of his own presidential and personal records.”
exist their 40 page documentTrump’s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that the FBI’s seizure of documents from Trump’s South Florida home Mar-a-Lago raised “extraordinary circumstances requiring review by a neutral third party,” saying the Justice Department The key documents that did not prove its petition to the appeals court were confidential.
“Ultimately, any brief delay in the criminal investigation will not cause irreparable harm to the government,” Trusty and Kise wrote. “The injunction does not preclude the government from conducting a criminal investigation, it simply delays the investigation for a short period while a neutral third party reviews the relevant documents.”
OneFederal agents seized 33 items, boxes or containers on Aug. 2 in Trump’s office storerooms and desks, including 103 items labeled “Confidential,” “Confidential,” and ” Confidential” or “Top Secret” documents. 8 Search for properties in South Florida.
On Friday, the Justice Department turned to the 11th Circuit after U.S. District Judge Erin CannonRestoring access to portions of records marked confidential in seized material. Cannon has barred the Justice Department from using the documents in its ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s handling of sensitive government records, waiting to be called .
In a filing with the 11th Circuit, federal prosecutors asked the court to suspend Cannon’s order to bar a subset of sensitive records from investigators, arguing that the decision “obstructed” its criminal investigation and “passed the The critical steps underway are causing irreparable harm to the government.” criminal investigation and unnecessarily enforced disclosure of highly sensitive records,” including Trump’s lawyers.
Justice Department lawyers wrote in their 29-page filing that by preventing review and use of the records for investigations, the ruling “obstructs the administration’s efforts to protect national security.”
In addition to complying with an order preventing federal investigators from using sensitive documents, Cannon, who was appointed as a federal judge by Trump, alsoServe as a special host. Dearie was tasked with reviewing some 11,000 documents recovered by the FBI from storage rooms and Trump’s office in Mar-a-Lago for personal items and records, as well as material that could be affected by attorney-client or executive privilege.
Longtime U.S. District Court Judge Dirie in Brooklyn met with Justice Department attorneys and Trump’s legal team Tuesday afternoon. He asked all parties to submit proposed agenda items in advance.
In a letter Monday, federal prosecutors Suggest The meeting focused on how to review the “precise mechanics” of the document, aspects of the order appointing Dearie as special director and future progress reviews.
in a individual letters For Deerey, Trump’s lawyers pushed back an Oct. 7 deadline that Deerey had proposed for both parties to complete the screening and marking of documents confiscated from Mar-a-Lago.they also Sources from Dearie said Trump disclosed information about any potential declassification of sensitive material obtained from his residence in South Florida, arguing that doing so would force Trump “without an apparent request. , fully and specifically disclose the defense of the merits of any subsequent prosecution. Order of the District Court.”