The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected former President Donald Trump’s emergency appeal to intervene in the case surrounding classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago residence, The New York Times reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, earlier this year appointed a special master to review thousands of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, including about 100 that were marked classified.
Cannon’s order barred the Justice Department from using the classified documents in its criminal investigation, prompting an appeal from the DOJ.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Cannon’s order barring the DOJ from using the documents, prompting Trump to file an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s request asked that the special master review the documents marked classified but did not seek to halt the probe again, meaning that even if Trump won it would not have a significant impact on the probe.
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Trump’s request went directly to Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the 11th Circuit.
Thomas referred the appeal to the full court.
The Supreme Court issued a single-sentence order on Thursday rejecting his application to lift the stay issued by the appeals court.
There were no noted dissents, suggesting the decision was unanimous.
As a result, Trump’s team will not have access to the documents marked classified.
Trump’s lawyers argued in the appeal that he should have access to the documents.
“The unprecedented circumstances presented by this case — an investigation of the 45th president of the United States by the administration of his political rival and successor — compelled the district court to acknowledge the significant need for enhanced vigilance and to order the appointment of a special master to ensure fairness, transparency and maintenance of the public trust,” the application said.