Tuesday, March 21

US asks appeals court to lift judge’s order in Mar-a-Lago probe of classified documents

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Friday to lift a judge’s order that temporarily barred it from reviewing a batch of classified documents seized during an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last month.

The department told the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals in Atlanta that the judge’s hold, imposed last week, had impeded the “government’s efforts to protect the nation’s security” and interfered with its investigation into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a -Lake. It asked the court to remove that order so work could resume, and to overturn a judge’s directive forcing the department to provide the seized classified documents to an independent arbitrator for his review.

“The government and the public would suffer irreparable harm absent a stay,” department lawyers wrote in their brief to the appeals court.


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