USAWorld News

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago case dismissed after end of special main review


An aerial view of former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, August 15, 2022.

Mark Bello | Reuters

A federal judge on Monday dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit challenging the government’s access to materials seized at his Mar-a-Lago resort, marking the official end of Trump’s long legal battle after the raid on the FBI at his home.

The judge’s order came four days after Trump refused to appeal a higher court ruling that overturned the appointment of a special master to review the thousands of items taken by federal agents during August 8 raid on Trump’s Florida residence.

Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, signed a one-page order dismissing the case for lack of jurisdiction. The order, filed in the U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, also ended all hearings, time limits and motions that were still pending in the case. This includes Trump’s efforts to obtain an unredacted version of the search warrant affidavit that was used to sanction the raid.

A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Cannon had appointed retired judge Raymond Dearie as special master in September, as she blocked the Justice Department from reviewing documents seized as part of a criminal investigation.

The Mar-a-Lago raid revealed over 100 documents bearing classified marks. A team hired by Trump found more records marked as classified outside the station, multiple outlets recently reported. Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee an ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s removal of hundreds of White House documents.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled Dec. 1 that Cannon should not have named the special master, writing that she “inappropriately exercised” an extension of his competence.

“Dismissal of the entire proceeding is required,” read the notice from the panel, which included two Trump-appointed judges.

“The law is clear. We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the warrant is executed. Nor can we write a rule that only allows former presidents to do so,” the judges wrote.

The panel gave the former president a week to seek a stay of his decision by filing an appeal to the full circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers did not appeal.

They had already been rejected by the Supreme Court in the case: The High Court in October rejected Trump’s request to overturn an earlier 11th Circuit ruling, which barred the special master from reviewing classified documents .

Last week’s appeals court ruling could pave the way for federal investigators to more quickly review the thousands of items they’ve previously been blocked from.



Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button