Supreme Court hands Trump a loss in Mar-A-Lago records dispute

Without tendering an explanation, the Supreme Court declined to intervene in Donald Trump’s winding court battle with the Biden administration over records seized from Trump’s home during the summer.

The decision is the latest court win for the Department of Justice in what Trump has characterized as an out-of-control document dispute.

Supreme Court hands Trump a loss

The former president has had an ally in Florida judge Aileen Cannon, who appointed an outside “special master” to review the records.

She has become a target of the left for rejecting the Biden government’s “just trust us” mantra, while sympathizing with Trump’s argument that special oversight of the extraordinary investigation is warranted. But Trump has had less luck with the 11th Circuit Appeals court, and now, the Supreme Court.

Trump had asked the Supreme Court to undo an 11th Circuit ruling that restricted the special master from looking at roughly 100 records marked “classified,” while allowing the DOJ to see them.

In his appeal to the Supreme Court, Trump did not ask the court to stop the DOJ from seeing the records, but only asked that the special master be able to see the material.

“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,” Trump said.

DOJ fights transparency

The investigation became known to the public after agents burst into Trump’s home in August and walked out with thousands of materials, including documents potentially protected by attorney-client privilege.

The former president has blasted the investigation as a thuggish attempt at political intimidation by his chief rival, Joe Biden.

Trump has not been indicted, but pressure is building in that direction as leaks continue to surface about his alleged wrongdoing in hostile, anti-Trump newspapers.

The DOJ has routinely rejected Trump’s requests for transparency as frivolous or even dangerous, citing vague “national security” concerns.

Newly emboldened, the DOJ asked the 11th Circuit on Friday to dismiss the special master completely.