The intelligence community has restarted its damage assessment of the Mar-a-Lago documents


The intelligence community has resumed work on a classification review and so-called damage assessment related to former President Donald Trump’s storage of classified materials at his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort, according to a statement from the Director’s Office. National Intelligence.

ODNI temporarily suspended its work earlier this month after US District Judge Aileen Cannon ordered it to halt any use of seized materials for the Department of Justice’s criminal investigation. While he said the intelligence community’s assessment could continue, the DOJ said the two efforts were inextricably linked and stopping one would stop the other.

An appeals court overturned key elements of Cannon’s original ruling earlier this week, allowing the Justice Department to continue examining classified documents seized at the Palm Beach property and allowing the intelligence community to resume its work.

“In consultation with the Department of Justice, ODNI is resuming its review of the classification of the relevant materials and its assessment of the potential risk to national security that disclosure of the relevant documents would pose,” an ODNI spokesperson said.

The damage assessment is a long-term analytical product that will examine the risk to US national security if material stored at Mar-a-Lago were to be exposed. The classification review is designed to review each document to verify that its classification marks are current.

The emergency intervention of three judges of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, two of them Trump appointees, overturned a trial judge’s order blocking federal investigators’ work on those documents and marked a strong rebuke of the Trump team. try to suggest without evidence that the materials were somehow declassified.

The appeals judges found that the federal government and national security could be harmed by the suspension of his investigation, and that Trump’s team did not have sufficient grounds to review the classified records.

Nor did the court dispute that the Justice Department could not divorce document review from the criminal investigation.

Trump’s chances of blocking the criminal investigation are now dimming, with one of his only remaining options being an emergency petition to the Supreme Court.