Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in a case involving classified material seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago property during the summer.
The emergency request to the Supreme Court is the latest example of the ex-president wanting to involve judges in investigations involving him – at a time when the legitimacy of the High Court in politically explosive cases is being examined.
Trump is specifically asking the judge to certify that more than 100 documents marked as classified are part of the special master’s review. The request, if granted, could strengthen the former president’s attempt to challenge the search in court and return the documents.
Trump made the emergency request to the Supreme Court after an appeals court sided with the Justice Department and said the department could continue its criminal investigation into classified documents. An investigation into the use of the records was dropped by a Florida district judge who granted Trump’s request for a third-party review of materials obtained during the Mar-a-Lago search.
The appeal puts the political spotlight back on the Supreme Court.
Earlier this year, he asked the courts to block the release of his White House documents to congressional investigators of the attacks on the US Capitol. The High Court dismissed the petition.
The Supreme Court, with its current conservative majority, is already viewed as partisan by the American public after a series of controversial rulings this year, Roe v. Including canceling Wade, and it will probably make even more of a Mar-a-Lago search. In the upcoming congressional elections.
Trump appointed three current justices: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
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