Former president Donald Trump
Erin Scott | Reuters
Lawyers for Donald Trump urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to reject a Justice Department bid to resume its review of documents marked classified that were seized from the former president’s Florida home last month as part of a criminal investigation.
The filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit came hours before attorneys for Trump and the DOJ were set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn to speak with the special master who was appointed to examine the seized records.
That independent third party, U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, was selected last week by Trump appointee Judge Aileen Cannon to review the materials to identify personal records and information that could be protected by various legal privileges. The DOJ opposed the appointment of a special master, arguing in part that it was unnecessary.
In authorizing the special master earlier this month, Cannon temporarily stopped the DOJ from reviewing or using the seized material for the investigation.
The DOJ appealed, asking the 11th Circuit to block Cannon’s ruling.
Cannon’s orders “are a sensible preliminary step toward restoring order from chaos, and this Court should therefore deny the Government’s Motion,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in a court filing Tuesday responding to the DOJ’s request.
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