Trump requests that Supreme Court examine confiscated records
(MENAFN) Former United States President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to review a number of documents that federal law enforcement officials have taken from his residence in an effort to overturn a lower court's decision that barred any independent study of the supposedly secret files.
The records in question are really classified and belong to the government, not a former commander in chief, according to a recent ruling by a federal appeals court, which was upheld by Trump in an emergency appeal he filed with the nation's highest court on Tuesday.
“Any limit on the comprehensive and transparent review of materials seized in the extraordinary raid of a president’s home erodes public confidence in our system of justice,” Lawyers authored the document, noting that “the government has attempted to criminalize a document management dispute and now vehemently objects to a transparent process that provides much-needed oversight.”
100 documents were taken from Trump's house by the FBI on August 8; according to Trump's legal team, a specially appointed court authority should "determine whether documents bearing classification markings are in fact classified." The Justice Department has asserted that some of the files include extremely sensitive information, but the ex-president argues that he declassified the items before leaving the White House, including those with 'Top Secret' markings.
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