WASHINGTON (Fwrd Axis) — Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency request Tuesday afternoon to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case against him regarding the FBI’s investigation into classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s team is asking to court to allow a special master to review classified documents federal agents seized from the former President’s Florida home.
“This unwarranted stay should be vacated as it impairs substantially the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the Special Master,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. “Moreover, 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.”
The Supreme Court asked the Justice Department to file a response to Trump’s request by Oct. 11 and will not issue a ruling or act on the request until the Justice Department gives its response. The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority and Trump would need five of the nine justices to side with him, which has not always been the case.
More recently, the Supreme Court declined to get involved when Trump attempted to prevent White House documents from being handed over to the January 6 Select Committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
“This application seeks to vacate only that portion of the Eleventh Circuit’s Stay Order limiting the scope of the Special Master’s review of the documents bearing classification markings,” Trump’s team said.
According to court documents, federal agents took 11 classified documents, including some labeled secret and top secret from Mar-a-Lago. The documents included a handwritten note, information about the “President of France,” an executive grant of clemency for Trump ally Roger Stone and binders of photos.
Papers labeled “SCI” documents, which stands for highly classified “sensitive compartmented information”, were also removed from the home.
Court documents show investigators were searching for “any physical documents with classification markings” and “any government and/or Presidential Records” from Trump’s time in office as well as any evidence of the “knowing alteration, destruction or concealment of any government and/or Presidential records, or of any documents with any classification markings.”