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DOJ Asks Appeals Court to Enter Fight Over Trump Documents

  • US wants to use documents with classified marks in crime probe
  • The 11th Circuit of Court of Appeals will decide next round
Photo of documents from Trump's home submitted as evidence by the Department of Justice in federal court in Florida.

Photo of documents from Trump's home submitted as evidence by the Department of Justice in federal court in Florida.

Source: Department of Justice

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The US Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to immediately step into the fight over documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and allow investigators to resume using documents with classified markings in a criminal probe.

The government’s petition to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night was expected after a federal judge denied its request to carve out from review by a neutral third party about 100 documents with classified markings. Justice Department lawyers contend these documents are critical to the investigation into whether sensitive government records were mishandled.