Justice Dept. asks appeals court to end Mar-a-Lago special master

Justice Dept. Asks Appeals Court To End Mar-A-Lago Special Master - Q7Kv4Gbzdui63Ofpbicolxb5Wy

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to reverse a Florida judge’s order appointing a special master to review documents seized from Donald Trump’s home and club, arguing that the former president had no right to possess the seized materials after he left office and that there was no legal basis for an outside review.

While prosecutors had already appealed portions of U.S. District Court Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s special master appointment, Friday was the first time they appealed the entire court order. If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit sides with the government, the special master’s review would stop — and criminal investigators once again would be permitted to access thousands of unclassified documents that FBI agents took from Mar-a-Lago in August.

The government said in its appeal that those unclassified documents are critical to its ongoing criminal probe of possible mishandling of classified material, obstruction and destruction of…

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This article was written by Perry Stein and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com