Controversy over secret files
Trump turns on the Supreme Court
Donald Trump wants to prevent the US Department of Justice from evaluating documents confiscated from him that are marked as secret. Now the former president is going to the Supreme Court.
Former US President Donald Trump has gone before the country’s Supreme Court in a dispute over official documents confiscated from his mansion. The Republican petitioned the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday to have the Justice Department’s access to around a hundred confiscated classified documents withdrawn. The urgent request is directed against a decision made in September by an appeals court that had agreed with the Justice Department.
FBI investigators searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago luxury home in Florida on August 8 and confiscated thousands of documents. These are papers Trump took with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his term in office, although outgoing presidents are required to turn over all official records to the National Archives.
Trump then went to court and requested that a special expert examine the documents and that the documents be withdrawn from investigators’ access until then. A federal judge in Florida, appointed by Trump during his tenure, agreed with him. The Justice Department then appealed. However, it only required that its investigators continue to have access to the classified documents. The appeals court agreed with the ministry, whereupon Trump now went to the Supreme Court.
During the Mar-a-Lago raid, the FBI seized dozens of files marked “top secret,” “secret,” or “confidential.” According to media reports, a top-secret document on another country’s nuclear weapons was also found on Trump’s premises. The ex-president is suspected of violating an espionage law that sets strict standards for the retention of national security documents. US Presidents are required to hand over all official documents, including emails and letters, to the National Archives upon leaving office.
However, Trump describes the raid as politically motivated. He accuses President Joe Biden’s Democrats of abusing the judiciary to prevent him from running for president again in 2024.