(CNN) – Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the dispute over the materials marked as classified that the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence this summer.
His urgent request to the Supreme Court is the latest example of the former president seeking to involve judges in investigations involving him, at a time when the legitimacy of the High Court in politically explosive cases is under scrutiny.
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Trump specifically asks the court to ensure that the more than 100 documents marked classified are part of the independent expert’s review. If the request is granted, it could reinforce the former president’s attempt to challenge the registration in court and have him return the documents.
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Trump’s emergency request to the Supreme Court comes after an appeals court sided with the Justice Department and said the department’s criminal investigation into documents marked classified could continue. The investigation’s use of the documents had been suspended by a Florida district judge, who granted Trump’s request for a third-party review of the material obtained in the Mar-a-Lago raid.
The appeal puts the Supreme Court back in the political spotlight.
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Earlier this year, the former president asked judges to block the release of documents from his White House to Congressional investigators into the attack on Capitol Hill. The High Court rejected the request.
The Supreme Court, with its current conservative majority, is already seen by American public opinion as partisan after a series of controversial rulings this year, including the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and will likely make the Mar-a-Lago raid an even bigger problem in the upcoming congressional mid-term elections.
Trump named three of the current judges: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
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