Supreme Court Rejects Trump Request in Mar-a-Lago Records Case

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
October 13, 2022Supreme Courtshare

The Supreme Court on Oct. 13 turned down a request from former President Donald Trump related to records that were seized by FBI agents from his Florida estate.

Trump filed an emergency application to vacate a stay entered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. That stay is preventing both Trump’s lawyers and the special master in the case from accessing all of the records with classified markings.

Justice Clarence Thomas, a George H.W. Bush appointee, referred the application to the full court. The court announced Thursday it was denying the request.

The court did not list how each justice voted on the request nor the final vote tally.

Applications are directed to a certain justice, with each justice responsible for one or more appeals courts. Those justices can then rule on the application themselves or refer the applications to the full court for consideration.

Four criteria must be satisfied for a court to grant a stay, including that irreparable harm will result from denial of a stay and that, upon review, the full court will decide the decision being challenged was erroneous.

Trump lodged the application on Oct. 4, about two weeks after the appeals court issued its ruling.

Lawyers for the former president said the appeals court did not have jurisdiction to curtail the special master review. The Department of Justice disagreed, telling the court to reject Trump’s application.

After FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago in August, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, inserted U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, a Reagan appointee, as a special master third party to review the materials and help adjudicate disputes over privilege and other matters.

Agents seized about 100 records with classified markings from Mar-a-Lago in addition to some 11,200 non-classified materials, according to the latest inventory lists from the government.

While the appeals court ruling blocked Trump attorneys and Dearie from viewing the materials marked classified, the government still had to produce copies of the non-classified records to the lawyers and the special master. That process has been completed, a lawyer for the government informed Cannon on Oct. 12.

From The Epoch Times