Supreme Court hands Trump a loss in fight over classified files

The Supreme Court refused to intervene in the case of the FBI’s seized documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

The court provided only a one-sentence explanation regarding the rejection of the case.

The decision

“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 Thomas and by him referred to the
Court is denied,” the order read.

The Thursday decision in Donald Trump v. United States was a fitting title to the case in which the former president appears to have nearly the entire government against him.

Multiple cases

“The rebuff marks the third time since Trump lost re-election that the Supreme Court has rejected him in a document-related fight. The court last year cleared the way for Trump’s papers to be turned over to the congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack,” Bloomberg reported.

“And in February, the justices let a Manhattan prosecutor get Trump’s financial records as part of a criminal investigation of the former president and his company,” it added.

The case could return to the nation’s highest court at a later date, but for now Trump will be forced to pursue his appeal involving a special master through the lower court.

The appeals court plans to fast-track the case, but no date has been set for arguments.

The deadline will not likely come until after the midterms, allowing space between the election and the next steps in the case. The decision could ultimately be significant as it will likely be during the time Trump would expect to announce a 2024 run for president.