Justice Department Scores Win Against Trump in Mar-a-Lago Raid Case on Special Master Appeal

An appeals court has granted the Justice Department’s request to speed up its appeal of the appointment of the special master examining the documents obtained during the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trump opposed the DOJ’s efforts to expedite its circuit court appeal, with the former president’s lawyers saying this week that the timeline for DOJ’s appeal should be broadened and that oral arguments shouldn’t happen until January at the earliest. The appeals court panel appeared to reject much of that in siding with the Justice Department.

U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan ruled Wednesday that DOJ’s “motion to expedite appeal is granted” and that the court clerk was directed “to expedite the appeal for merits disposition purposes.” A special merits panel will decide “when and how to hear oral argument,” but for now, the Justice Department’s initial brief is due Oct. 14, Trump’s response is due Nov. 10, and the DOJ’s reply to that is due Nov. 17.

The Justice Department argued to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Friday that its alleged inability to access nonclassified documents seized in the raid in early August was hampering its investigation into whether Trump improperly moved classified information out of the White House during his presidency. (Read more from “Justice Department Scores Win Against Trump in Mar-a-Lago Raid Case on Special Master Appeal” HERE)

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