Appeals Court Lets DOJ Continue Reviewing Trump Raid Docs

Three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late Wednesday allowed Justice Department to continue reviewing documents FBI seized from former President Trump's Florida estate – upending part of an earlier ruling from the district court judge.

  • U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this month enjoined further federal review of the documents and appointed New York Judge Raymond Dearie as special master to independently review them.
  • “[Trump] has not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents,” the panel wrote. “Nor has he established that the current administration has waived that requirement for these documents.”
  • Two of the three appellate judges are Trump appointees, as is Cannon. The panel ruled unanimously.
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