A US appeals court on Thursday dealt Donald Trump another defeat by overturning an earlier court ruling that ordered an independent expert to review documents seized from his Florida home by the federal police (FBI).
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Federal Court of Appeals judges in Atlanta unanimously threw out a Florida judge’s order to hire an expert, which temporarily prevented federal investigators from using the documents in their investigation of the crime.
On August 8, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, seizing boxes containing thousands of classified documents, some classified as protected secrets, that the Republican never returned after leaving the White House. requests.
Federal investigators suspect the Republican violated the American Espionage Act, which strictly regulates the possession of classified documents. Donald Trump has promised to declassify these documents.
A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that the Aug. 8 search and seizure was not illegal and that a judge did not have the authority to limit the Justice Department’s review of those documents that could lead to an investigation.
His decision frees special prosecutor Jack Smith, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in November to investigate Donald Trump in the case as well as his role in the events that led to the storming of the US Capitol. Supporters, January 6, 2021.