Mon. Feb 6th, 2023


The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to speed up the timetable for evaluating the department’s appeal of a judge’s order requiring a special director to review classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.

In an emergency request filed Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Justice Department proposed a schedule for briefings that would complete written briefs by Nov. 11, while asking the appeals court to schedule a hearing as soon as possible. Under the current appeals timeline, a final written briefing will be due in about a month, and oral arguments have not yet been scheduled.

“It would be in the interest of justice to expedite appeals, as the district court’s injunctions were not held in part, limiting the government’s ability to defend the strong public interest in expeditiously conducting the criminal and national security investigations that underlie these proceedings,” the Justice Department said in the filing. wrote in.

The Justice Department has asked the 11th Circuit to intervene in the Mar-a-Lago documents dispute after former President Donald Trump successfully filed a lawsuit to get the special guru’s appointment – a third-party attorney tasked with reviewing evidence and filtering privileged documents – to take a closer look About 11,000 documents were seized by the FBI during an Aug. 8 search of his residence and resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The U.S. Department of Justice noted in its filing Friday night how quickly the emergency litigation proceeded when it successfully sought immunity from documents marked as classified. The department noted that part of the 11th Circuit opinion granted the exception that Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon, who ordered the special director, acted beyond her permissions.

“While the panel’s decision specifically relates to classified documents, its reasoning arguably applies more broadly,” the Justice Department said.

The department wrote to the court that if the appeal is successful, an expedited timetable for briefings and arguments could allow its investigators to resume a full investigation.

The U.S. Department of Justice wrote in the filing that the government “is therefore unable to examine records that are commingled with classified material, including records that may reveal, for example, how the classified material was transferred to the plaintiff’s residence, how they were were transferred to the plaintiff’s residence.” stores, and who may have accessed them. ”

For his part, Trump opposes demands for a faster pace.

Earlier this month, an appeals court overturned key elements of Cannon’s original ruling, allowing the Justice Department to resume the criminal investigation’s use of documents marked classified, likely at the heart of the probe.

This story has been updated with more details on Friday.