- After appointing an impartial investigator in the case of documents confiscated from former President Donald Trump, the US Department of Justice is taking action against parts of the decision.
- The department applied to the Court of Appeals Friday night for permission to continue viewing the documents while the special counsel reviews them.
The movement said the government and the public would suffer irreparable harm if access to the documents was delayed. The decision impeded the investigation and government efforts to protect the nation’s security.
A judge appointed a neutral expert to examine the confiscated documents on Thursday. Trump and his lawyers have repeatedly criticized the judiciary’s actions as politically motivated. Therefore, they demanded the appointment of the impartial auditor and filed a corresponding lawsuit. This is approved.
The Special Representative now has until the end of November to examine the documents. Until then, the Ministry of Justice no longer has adequate access to them – they are taking action.
The examiner, New York attorney Raymond Deere, has called a first meeting with Trump’s attorneys and the Department of Justice next Tuesday.
In early August, the FBI searched Trump’s mansion in Florida. The FBI has confiscated many classified documents, some of which are of the highest level of secrecy. By law, this material should have been handed over to the National Archives. Since Trump kept the records on his private property after his tenure in office, he may have broken the law. This is now under investigation.
The Ministry of Justice had complained that the appointment of the special representative would delay the investigation. An appeal against Thursday’s decision was expected.
The arrangement paralyzes the investigation
The ministry now says that further inspection of the documents by the authorities will not hinder the work of the impartial examiner. “The court order paralyzes this investigation,” the request said. The ban must be lifted immediately so the investigation can resume.
In the meantime, more and more details about the case regarding the confiscated documents became known. The Washington Post reported that the Trump team misled the National Archives about the missing documents. Citing unnamed people, the newspaper wrote that the National Archives was said to have been told in a conversation in September 2021 that the documents were just newspaper clippings.
A former adviser to Trump is said to have referred to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in a phone call with an attorney from the National Archives. According to the Washington Post, both Meadows and the former adviser declined to comment. At the time, the National Archives contacted Trump and his team about the missing documents.
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