Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to intervene in a dispute over the Department of Justice’s review of documents seized by the FBI during a raid on his Florida residence.
Trump in a court filing urged the Supreme Court to vacate part of a ruling last week by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals which allowed the DOJ to resume using classified documents seized in the raid as part of its ongoing criminal probe of Trump. The attorneys asked the Supreme Court to vacate the part of that decision that limited the scope of a third-party watchdog from reviewing documents bearing classification markings.
Lawyers for the former president argue that the 11th Circuit lacks “jurisdiction to review, much less stay” an order from a lower federal court judge, who had appointed that watchdog, known as a special master, to examine all of the seized documents before the DOJ was allowed to use them in its investigation.
That special master was himself blocked from reviewing documents marked classified by the 11th Circuit’s ruling.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas later Tuesday informed the DOJ he wants the department to reply to Trump’s request by Oct. 11. Thomas handles emergency requests related to the 11th Circuit.
The Aug. 8 raid uncovered more than 10,000 government documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. More than 100 of those documents were marked classified or highly classified, according to court records.
The raid came after months of effort by the federal government to get Trump to return documents the government believed he might have taken when he left office in early 2021. By law, government documents held by the White House must be given to the National Archives and Records Administration when a president leaves office.