The US Department of Justice wants to resume the FBI’s investigation into classified documents found during a search of former President Donald Trump’s home, through an appeal.
The FBI found more than 11,000 government documents in early August while searching for Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. The department is investigating, among other things, whether classified papers were withheld and whether there were attempts to thwart a federal investigation.
Earlier this week, an independent arbitrator was appointed by a judge at Trump’s request. this special master It will scan items found during searches.
According to the former president, the FBI investigation is politically motivated and a third party is needed to closely examine the documents.
The judge who appointed the arbitrator ruled that the FBI should not immediately continue to investigate classified documents. The Justice Department had requested it, after Trump had just urged a judge to suspend the criminal investigation pending an arbitrator.
The judiciary is now trying to access about 100 seized files containing confidential information through an appeal.
Fierce resistance by the Ministry of Justice
The Justice Department previously strongly opposed Trump’s request to appoint an independent arbitrator. This arbitrator, former Judge Raymond Deere, was given the power to withhold documents found from the government due, for example, to a so-called privilege of the executive, or Executive Franchise.
This privilege is a legal doctrine that protects certain communications from the White House. The department found that Trump could not claim an executive privilege because the documents were not his; It was owned by the government.
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