Documents seized at Mar-a-Lago: Trump calls on Supreme Court to intervene

Documents seized at Mar-a-Lago: Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene


Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the United States Supreme Court to intervene in the case related to documents seized this summer at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. 

The Republican billionaire has sent an urgent appeal to the High Court to prevent the Ministry of Justice from examining a hundred documents marked “classified”, seized on this occasion.

This appeal does not concern not on the legality of the spectacular search carried out in August by the federal police in Mar-a-Lago, and does not address any substantive issue.

It just challenges a decision of an appeals court who authorized the ministry to examine these documents without waiting for the conclusions of an independent expert, responsible for reviewing the 11,000 documents seized.

The Supreme Court, which was profoundly overhauled by Donald Trump during his tenure, is not obliged to accept his appeal. Although she has six out of nine Conservative magistrates, she has already inflicted setbacks on him, including refusing to support him in his post-election crusade.

This new legal battle concerns the archives of the White House. When he left power in January 2021, Donald Trump took entire boxes of documents. However, a 1978 law obliges all American presidents to transmit all of their emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.

In January 2020, he finally gave them fifteen boxes. After examining them, the federal police, however, estimated that he probably kept others in his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago. FBI agents went there for the first time in June and became convinced that not all the documents had been given to them.

On August 8, they carried out an unprecedented search of the base of a warrant for “withholding classified documents” and “obstructing a federal investigation”, and seized about thirty other boxes.

Since Donald Trump, who flirts with the idea of ​​running for a new mandate in 2024, says he is “persecuted” politically and assures that the documents seized are personal or declassified.

He is also being sued in civil proceedings by the New York justice system, which accuses him of having manipulated the assets of his group to obtain more advantageous loans or reduce his taxes.