New setback for Donald Trump in the case of the search at Mar-a-Lago

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An appeals court on Thursday inflicted a setback on Donald Trump, ruling that the August 8 search of his home in Mar-a-Lago was not illegal. The magistrates also claimed that the Florida judge who had appointed an independent expert to review the documents seized that day had exceeded her powers. This decision gives a free hand to the special prosecutor appointed by the Minister of Justice to investigate the ex-president.

A US appeals court inflicted a new defeat on Donald Trump on Thursday December 1 by overturning a previous court decision which appointed an independent expert to review the documents seized from his Florida home by the federal police (FBI).

Federal Court of Appeals judges in Atlanta unanimously overturned a Florida judge’s order to appoint the expert, which temporarily barred federal investigators from using the documents in their investigation criminal.

On August 8, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s residence in Florida, seizing boxes containing thousands of confidential documents, some of which were classified as defense secrets, which the Republican had not returned after leaving the White House, despite multiple requests.

Espionage Act

Federal investigators suspect the Republican of having thus violated an American law on espionage which very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assured that these documents had been declassified.

The appeals court ruled Thursday that the August 8 search and seizure was not illegal and that the Florida judge had no authority to limit the Justice Department’s review of those documents, which leads the investigation.

His decision frees up Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, appointed in November by Attorney General Merrick Garland, to investigate Donald Trump in the case as well as his role in the events leading up to the US Capitol storming. supporters, January 6, 2021.

With AFP

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