The Supreme Court has declined Donald Trump’s request to intervene in his legal dispute with Biden’s Justice Department over records seized from his home during an unprecedented FBI raid this summer.
Trump had asked the court to allow a special master to look at “classified” records taken from his home, but the court turned down Trump’s appeal Thursday without an explanation.
Supreme Court declines to intervene in Mar-A-Lago case
Trump had asked the Supreme Court to weigh in last week, citing the extraordinary nature of a criminal investigation of a former president by the administration of his top rival and successor.
The former president asked the court to partially overturn a ruling from the 11th Circuit Appeals Court that blocked the “special master” from viewing the classified records, while allowing Biden’s DOJ to do so.
Trump did not ask the Supreme Court to stop prosecutors from seeing the documents, but only asked that the special master be allowed to view them.
The Biden administration found even that request to be too much, however, and asked the Supreme Court to turn it down, which it did.
“The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on September 21, 2022, presented to Justice [Clarence] Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the court wrote in a brief order.
The special master was appointed by Florida judge Aileen Cannon, who has been excoriated by the left as a Trump sycophant for slowing down the government’s aggressive probe.
The DOJ has dismissed Trump’s demands for oversight as frivolous and dangerous to “national security.” At the same time, the government has leaked secrets from its investigation to the media, as Trump has frequently pointed out.
Trump’s lawyers had complained in their Supreme Court brief that “any limit on the comprehensive and transparent review of materials seized in the extraordinary raid of a President’s home erodes public confidence in our system of justice.”
“In sum, the Government has attempted to criminalize a document management dispute and now vehemently objects to a transparent process that provides much-needed oversight.”
The 11th Circuit granted the DOJ’s request last week to expedite its appeal to dismiss the special master altogether.