Appeals Court Gives DOJ Access to Mar-a-Lago Docs

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, the three-judge US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed a Florida federal judge's ruling that prohibited the FBI and Dept. of Justice (DOJ) from using nearly all documents seized in the raid of former Pres. Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on Aug. 8 in their investigation.

    • The decision suspends the third-party special master review of the documents, as had been ordered by US District Judge Aileen Cannon. The court wrote that "the law is clear" and that it can't write a rule "to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant."


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Trump's legal team hasn't been treated within their legal rights throughout this entire convoluted mess created by the DOJ. Under the pretense of "national security interest," they've been denied access to the warrant's contents and its probable cause affidavit. How can we know if Trump's fourth Amendment rights were violated if the DOJ isn't required to produce the legal basis of the warrant?

    Democratic narrative

    The decision is a decisive defeat for Trump and is unlikely to be overturned in the event of an appeal. It's not surprising given the justified skepticism of the mostly-Trump-appointed panel, which rightly resisted the former president's attempts to secure preferential treatment.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 16% chance that Trump will be jailed or incarcerated before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

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