Updated Oct 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Court grants DOJ motion to expedite appeal in special master case

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The Department of Justice building on Aug. 18 in Washington, DC. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

An appeals court on Wednesday granted a motion from the Department of Justice to fast-track its appeal in the special master case involving documents seized in the FBI's search at Mar-a-Lago.

Driving the news: "Having consulted with the Chief Judge, the appeal will be assigned to a special merits panel from the classified appeals log randomly selected by the Clerk," per the filing.

  • The 11th Circuit in the Wednesday filing also set the deadline for all briefs to be submitted to the court by Nov. 17.

The big picture: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the DOJ last month and granted the department's request to resume reviewing classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.

  • The DOJ on Friday asked the 11th Circuit to expedite its ruling on the special master’s appointment, contending that its inability to review non-classified documents was impeding its investigation, Reuters reports.
  • Trump on Monday opposed the DOJ's request to speed up its appeal, saying "the government has not and cannot possibly articulate any real risk of loss or harm resulting from a more deliberative process."

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