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Court lifts stay on Trump’s top-secret documents Mar-a-Lago

In a strong repudiation of Donald Trump’s legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed the Justice Department to resume use of classified records seized from the former president’s estate in Florida as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit amounts to a landslide victory for the Justice Department, and paves the way for investigators to continue examining the documents as they consider filing criminal charges. for the storage of top-secret records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House. By lifting the stay on a central aspect of the department’s investigation, the court removed a hurdle that could have delayed the investigation for weeks.

The appeals court also pointedly noted that Trump had not presented evidence that he had declassified the sensitive records, as it recently held Wednesday, and rejected the possibility that Trump might have an “individual interest or need” in the information. approximately 100 documents with classification marks that were seized by the FBI in its Aug. 8 search of the Palm Beach property.

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