Justice Dept. to resume using Mar-a-Lago documents
A federal appeals court freed the Justice Department to resume using documents marked as classified that were seized from Donald Trump’s residence in Florida, blocking for now a lower court’s order that had strictly limited the investigation into the former president’s handling of government materials, NYT reports.
The appeals court also agreed with the Justice Department that Trump’s lawyers — and an independent arbiter, known as a special master, recently appointed to review the seized materials — need not look at the classified documents carted away by the F.B.I. It was a repudiation of the decision by a Florida judge to broadly intervene in the investigation.
The appellate ruling will permit the special master to review most of the more than 11,000 files seized from Mar-a-Lago but will allow prosecutors unfettered access to the smaller batch of classified records.
A lawsuit filed yesterday by the New York attorney general, Letitia James, asserts that Trump and his family business fraudulently overvalued his assets by billions of dollars in a sprawling scheme.
She is seeking to bar the Trumps from ever running a business in New York State again.