Attorneys representing the Department of Justice (DOJ) are set to receive a number of classified documents that would be important in being able to file charges against former President Donald Trump. This was after a judge ruled for the removal of a Trump-appointed arbiter that would have been able to withhold these documents in a potential trial against him.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon signed an order from a Trump-appointed judge which reversed her previous ruling that had allowed for the appointment of a Trump-selected reviewer, Raymond Dearie, who was going to determine which of the documents removed from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate could be used in a potential case against him.
Trump’s attorneys have maintained that Trump, at the time, would have been subject to executive privilege and therefore there would be different rules that would apply to the access he had to classified material. Cannon initially had sided with Trump and had allowed Dearie to review and determine which of the documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home could be used as evidence against him in a possible court case.
However, there are many who disagreed with this decision, stating that Trump would no longer be a subject of executive privilege after he had left the White House. Cannon’s formal action now complies with the higher court’s ruling that Trump would indeed not have access to those executive privileges after leaving office.
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