Donald Trump wanted to keep confidential documents confiscated from investigators. But now they can continue their work.
Former US President Donald Trump suffered a defeat before the US Supreme Court in a dispute over official documents confiscated from his palace. The court said the Washington Supreme Court had rejected Trump’s request to intervene in the case. Specifically, the question was whether a private expert would have access to about a hundred classified documents confiscated at Trump’s luxury Mar-a-Lago estate.
On August 8, FBI investigators raided Mar-a-Lago and confiscated thousands of documents. These are the papers Trump took with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his term, though departing presidents are required to turn over all official records to the National Archives. Trump then went to court and requested that a special expert (“Private Tutor”) review the documents and withdraw the documents from investigators’ access until then.
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A federal judge in Florida agreed with Trump. Then the Ministry of Justice resumed. The appeals court later ordered that documents classified as confidential be withdrawn from the special expert’s access and that federal investigators can continue to evaluate them. On the other hand, Trump went to the Supreme Court last week with an urgent request, in which the responsible constitutional judge Clarence Thomas – one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court – rejected the former president’s request. As usual in such cases, there was no justification for the decision.