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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump’s request to intervene in documents controversy

Trump has accused the FBI of searching his private residence for political purposes.

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to get involved in the dispute over documents taken from his Florida home this summer.

Trump requested the justices reverse a decision from a lower court and allow a special master to examine around 100 documents that had been marked as classified. The documents had been found during the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s request on Thursday, and there were no dissents.

Those documents were among 11,000 documents seized during the FBI operation.

Trump’s request occurred after an appeals court barred the so-called “special master,” who had been given the task by a federal judge, from reviewing the government records.

Trump has accused the FBI of searching his private residence for political purposes while claiming that some of the documents were protected by attorney-client privilege and executive privilege.

Federal prosecutors had argued that Trump did not have the authority to claim executive privilege from his time in the White House since he is no longer in office.

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