Former President Donald Trump’s request for intervention in his legal battle with the DOJ to allow a court-appointed Special Master to review classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, was denied by the Supreme Court.
On Thursday (October 13), the court made a simple, unsigned order that contained no explanation.
The order also came after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency matters arising from the 11th Circuit — which includes Florida — submitted the matter to the full court.
Following an interim ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that favored the DOJ in its ruling to exempt 100 documents labeled classified from the Special Master’s review, Trump sought intervention from the Supreme Court.
Last week, in its submission to the Supreme Court, Trump’s legal team argued the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals made an error in granting the DOJ’s appeal for a move that is procedural.
They called on the Supreme Court to throw out the partial stay, explaining that it “impairs substantially the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the Special Master.”
Since Trump’s request came before the full court, a rejection means fewer than five Justices voted in favor of the supplication, although the figure — and how they voted — wasn’t released during the ruling, as is typical for the Supreme Court.
The ruling is the latest setback for Trump’s legal team, as they are embroiled in a legal match with the DOJ prompted by the FBI raid of the former President’s Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8.