Trump asks Supreme Court to rule on Mar-a-Lago probe of classified documents

Former President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court order allowing the Justice Department to review classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, according to a filing.

Why is it important: Tuesday’s emergency request by Trump’s legal team marks an escalation in the Mar-a-Lago investigation into classified documents.

The latest: Judge Clarence Thomas, who is tasked with overseeing emergency petitions in the 11th Circuit, asked the DOJ to respond to Trump’s petition by 6 p.m. 5pm ET on October 11th.

Driving the news: Trump’s legal team in the case is requesting that the special master be allowed to review the roughly 100 documents marked classified that were found at Mar-a-Lago during the August search.

  • The former president’s legal team argues that the 11th Circuit lacked judicial authority to stay the special master order that “authorizes review of classified documents seized.”
  • “The Eleventh Circuit granted a stay of the special master order, effectively compromising the integrity of the well-established policy against piecemeal appellate processing and ignoring the district court’s broad discretion without justification,” according to the suit.
  • “This unjustified stay should be vacated as it significantly detracts from the ongoing, time-sensitive work of the Special Master.”

The big picture: The filing comes after an appeals court panel last month sided with the DOJ, saying it could continue its review of the classified documents as part of its criminal investigation into Trump.

Worth nothing: Thomas has faced calls to recuse himself from cases involving Trump and the Capitol riot investigation because of his wife, Ginni Thomas’ active involvement in trying to overturn the election and keep the former president in power .

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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