The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to intervene in the case over classified documents seized from his Florida home.
The decision came as part of the legal battle between Trump and the Justice Department after the former president’s attorneys requested on Oct. 4 that the high court lift a lower court’s decision.
The emergency order sought by Trump’s team concerned the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. That previous ruling prevented the arbiter from reviewing over 100 documents marked classified.
Power to include documents listed as classified had been granted by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon before the 11th Circuit overruled that decision.
The brief order by the Supreme Court included no publicly noted dissents, despite the 6-3 conservative majority and three justices appointed by the former president.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court rejected former President Donald Trump's plea to step into the legal fight over the FBI search of his Florida estate. https://t.co/1mAwtxmiCd
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2022
Trump continues to deny wrongdoing, and he and his supporters allege that the raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence was politically motivated and part of a larger pattern of targeting White House opponents.
His lawyers went to court Aug. 22 to attempt to restrict the Justice Department’s access to documents as it continues its investigation. An apparent victory was won last month when Judge Cannon agreed to the former president’s request.
Her ruling concurred with Trump’s argument that it was necessary to determine whether any of the documents were personal or subject to either attorney-client privilege or executive privilege. Either would make the particular documents off-limits to federal investigators.
Cannon further named retired U.S. Judge Raymond Dearie as special master. After refusing a Justice Department request that she partially lift her order concerning classified, secret, or top secret documents, Cannon said the papers needed to be reviewed by Dearie.
It was then that the 11th Circuit put her decision on hold, disallowing Dearie from vetting the documents and allowing the government to resume its investigation.
Trump’s attorneys argued to the Supreme Court that Dearie should be allowed to review the papers and that the Justice Department attempted to criminalize a “document management dispute.”