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US Justice may use documents seized from Trump

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This green light was given by a federal appeals court and represents a major victory for the Department of Justice, whose investigators will have the opportunity to resume a review that could lead to the filing of criminal charges against the former occupant of the White House.

This court also pointed out that Mr. Trump’s team had presented no evidence that the ex-president had declassified documents, as he has repeatedly repeated, and rejected the idea. wanting Mr. Trump to have a personal interest or that he may need of the hundred or so classified documents that were recovered during the search in Florida.

The government argued that its investigation was slowed by a ruling by District Judge Aileen Cannon, which temporarily barred investigators from continuing to use the documents in their investigation.

The magistrate, appointed by Trump, had declared that this ban would remain in force as long as an independent special investigator, chosen at the request of the team of the ex-president, had not completed his own assessment of the documents.

The group of three judges of the Court of Appeal agreed with the government. It is obvious that it is in the public interest to ensure that the storage of classified documents has not resulted in exceptionally serious damage to national security.they wrote.

Meeting this requirement, they continue, necessarily involves studying the documents, determining who had access to them, when, and then deciding whether any sources or methods were compromised.

Two of the three judges in this group were appointed by Mr. Trump; the third was appointed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

During the search at Mar-a-Lago, the FBI seized approximately 11,000 documents, including around 100 bearing the secret or even ultra-secret classification. Federal police have launched an investigation to determine whether the documents were mishandled or compromised. It is not known at this time whether charges will be brought.

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