Intelligence community restarts work on Mar-a-Lago document damage assessment


According to a statement from the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The ODNI had temporarily suspended its work earlier this month after US District Judge Aileen Cannon issued an order barring any use of seized documents for the Justice Department’s criminal investigation. Although it said the intelligence community’s assessment could proceed, the DOJ maintained that the two efforts were inextricably linked and stopping one stopped the other.

An appeals court overturned key elements of Cannon’s original ruling earlier this week, allowing the Justice Department to continue to review documents marked as classified that were seized from the Palm Beach property and allowing the intelligence community to resume its work.

“In consultation with the Department of Justice, the ODNI is resuming the review of the classification of the relevant documents and the assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents,” a spokesperson said. of the ODNI.

The damage assessment is a long-term analytical product that will study what the risk to the national security of the United States would be if material stored at Mar-a-Lago were to be exposed. The classification review is designed to examine each document to establish that its classification marks are up-to-date.

Urgent intervention by the three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, two of whom were appointed by Trump, overturned the trial judge’s order on the documents that blocked the work of federal investigators and scored a strong rebuke from the Trump team. attempt to suggest without proof that the documents were somehow declassified.

Appeals judges concluded the federal government and national security could be harmed by the pause in its investigation, and Trump’s team had insufficient reason to review potentially classified records.

The court also did not challenge the Justice Department saying it could not separate the review of the intelligence from the documents from its criminal investigation.

Trump’s options for blocking the criminal investigation are now fading, with one of his only remaining avenues being an emergency request to the Supreme Court.


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