A us court of appeals rejected this Thursday the request of the former President Donald Trump to prevent prosecutors from examining thousands of government documents that were at his Florida residence after he left office.
The Atlanta Federal Court of AppealsGeorgia, unanimously struck down a Florida judge’s previous order to appoint a “special master” to review the documents seizeds in August on his property sea-a-lakein Palm Beach, which prevented the Justice Department use them in its investigation into Trump’s actions regarding those documents.
That appointment had been one of Trump’s greatest judicial achievements in the legal battle he is having with the current US government. in relation to those documents, since the expert was in charge of determining which papers the Executive could have access to in its investigation and which not.
The material seized includes thousands of white house recordings that belong to National Archiveas well as more than 100 classified documentssome marked as of top secret.
The appointment of a “special master” and related orders issued by a Florida judge delayed and threatened to disable the investigation criminal that he Justice Department advance against Trump for the unauthorized possession of national defense information under the espionage lawand for obstruction of justice.
The Atlanta Court of Appeals ruled that there was nothing unlawful in the Aug. 8 search of the Trump residence, when the documents were seized, and that the Florida judge did not have jurisdiction to place limits on their review by the department. of Justice.
“It is truly extraordinary that an order be executed at the residence of a former president, but not in a way that affects our legal analysis or that it gives judicial license to interfere in an ongoing investigation,” the ruling states, which annuls the restrictions. that could have hampered the investigation by the special prosecutor jack smithappointed on November 18 to take charge of the two largest federal investigations against the former president.
The other investigation seeks to determine the role played by Trump in the storming the capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021 to prevent the certification of Joe Biden‘s victory in the presidential election.
During a few brief arguments before the Atlanta Court of Appeals Last week, the three judges — appointed by the Republican Party — suggested that Trump and his legal team wanted special treatment that no other American would have been accorded by allowing him the opportunity to contest the search warrant executed at his home long before charges were brought, reported APD.
In this sense, the former US president’s lawyers have not been able to prove that the government abused its authority when registering his property, while the court has rejected Trump’s assertions indicating that the documents could be protected because they are personal under the Presidential Records Act.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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