(PatriotWise.com) – The same federal judge who gave former President Donald Trump a special master in the Mar-a-Lago case just threw out his lawsuit against the FBI raid on his South Florida estate.
US District Judge Aileen Cannon wrote in a one-page order on Monday that she was throwing out the case because of lack of jurisdiction.
The ruling came after a three-judge federal appeals court gave a harsh opinion on December 1, overturning Cannon’s initial decision to side with Trump and give him a special master to look over materials found during the FBI’s search. A federal appeals court in Atlanta stopped the review for good less than a week later.
Trump’s lawyers could have taken the case to the Supreme Court, but they didn’t.
Cannon’s ruling on Monday officially dropped the case against the special master. The special master was an outside judge who had been asked to look over documents found at Mar-a-Lago to see if the attorney-client privilege or executive privilege protected any.
The Justice Department won when the higher court overturned Cannon’s decision. The Justice Department had appealed Cannon’s decision, saying that the special master would slow down the investigation and cause “irreparable harm” to the government and the public.
After Cannon’s decision, the Justice Department has full access again to the records it took from Mar-a-Lago.
When federal agents went to Mar-a-Lago on August 8 to carry out a search warrant, they took several boxes of government records. Of these, 11,000 were general records, and 100 were marked “classified.”
The appeals court panel said that people who had been charged could challenge the results of a search. In this case, Trump has not been charged. The panel was also very upset with Cannon for agreeing to Trump’s request, saying she had no right to get involved in the case in the first place.
The appeals court says it is unusual for a warrant to be carried out at the home of a former president, but not in this case. The warrant was unsealed after Trump said that the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8. Justice Department was looking into whether Trump broke three federal laws, including the Espionage Act.
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