By
Christine Favocci
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October 8, 2022
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11:41 am

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sets strict deadline for DOJ to respond to request from Trump's legal team

The unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-o-Lago residence seemed politically motivated. One of the stopgaps against this abuse was set to be eliminated but will have its day in court.

Justice Clarence Thomas has given the Department of Justice until 5 p.m. Tuesday to respond to a request Trump made to overturn a lower court's ruling, the Conservative Brief reported. An earlier decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit had allowed investigators to circumvent the special master when reviewing documents marked classified.

Trump was granted the right to a special master to review documents seized during the raid. This would ensure materials that are not relevant to the investigation wouldn't be part of the review.

However, the partial stay meant that investigators could look through some 100 documents marked classified that Trump's attorneys had not been allowed to review. Prior to this decision, the special master had asked Trump's team to certify that 11,000 documents were accurate -- and only gave them eight days to do it.

That motion was quickly struck down, of course. Trump's attorneys pointed out that he "currently has no means of accessing the documents bearing classification markings, which would be necessary to complete any such certification by September 30, the currently proposed date of completion."

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon found that to be a ridiculous burden. "There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the seized materials," the judge ruled just one day before the deadline.

"The Court's Appointment Order did not contemplate that obligation," she said. The raid itself was on shaky ground, to begin with, and now it seems the government is still playing hardball.

Other investigations into Trump's dealings have turned up nothing. The Justice Department is clearly trying to come up with something this time, but it continues to fall short.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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