Top-Secret Documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago: What We Know

The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to lift a federal judge’s order barring the DOJ from accessing materials with classified markings that were seized in

the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. The appeal comes after the judge in the case, who had already granted Trump’s request to appoint a special master to review the

thousands of documents the FBI seized, denied the Justice Department’s request to retain access to the documents while the review proceeded. Both developments were escalations in

the ongoing legal battle between the former president and the DOJ and the Trump-appointed federal judge over Trump’s possession of the documents, some of which contained

classified material — reportedly including information about a foreign government’s nuclear capabilities. Below is what we’ve learned about the latest court moves as well as

everything we know about the criminal investigation thus far.What is going on with the special-master ruling? On Friday, the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court

to immediately hold parts of a ruling by Federal judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida which not only appointed an independent arbiter to conduct a third party

review of the materials seized at Mar-a-Lago, but barred federal law enforcement officials from having access to the documents until that review was completed. The move came

one day after the Trump-appointed judge denied the DOJ’s request to stay the ban. Judge Cannon has also appointed a veteran New York jurist, Raymond Dearie as the special master

who will review the seized documents, after both the DOJ and Trump’s attorneys agreed Dearie would be an acceptable choice.