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Appellate judges skeptical of Trump's arguments in Mar-a-Lago documents case

Added 11-22-22 05:22:04pm EST - “Judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday expressed deep skepticism of arguments by former President Trump's lawyers that an independent arbitrator is necessary to vet the documents the FBI seized from Mr. Trump's Florida…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Appellate judges skeptical of Trump’s arguments in Mar-a-Lago documents case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday expressed deep skepticism of arguments by former President Trump’s lawyers that an independent arbitrator is necessary to vet the documents the FBI seized from Mr. Trump’s Florida residence.

Throughout the roughly 40-minute hearing, a three-judge panel, including two judges appointed by Mr. Trump, cast doubt on their claims that the unusual circumstances of the case required the independent arbitrator, known as a special master.

The showdown in the Atlanta federal courtroom was the first major action between Mr. Trump’s legal team and the Justice Department since Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed veteran prosecutor Jack Smith to serve as special counsel on its criminal investigations into Mr. Trump.

Moments before the hearing started, Mr. Trump’s attorneys asked another federal court to order the Justice Department to hand over a redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the Mar-a-Lago search. Mr. Trump’s attorneys say they need to check the affidavit for accuracy and “misleading omissions.”

In the appeals court hearing, Trump lawyer James Trusty said his client’s unique status as a former president under criminal investigation demanded an extra layer of scrutiny of the Justice Department’s actions.

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