Intelligence community resumes work on Mar-a-Lago damage assessment documents


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

The ODNI had temporarily suspended its work earlier this month after U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon issued an injunction halting any use of the seized materials for the Justice Department’s criminal investigation. While she said the intelligence community review could continue, the DOJ maintained that the two efforts were inextricably linked and that stopping one stopped the other.

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

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

The damage assessment is a long-term analytical product that will examine what the risk would be to US national security if the material stored at Mar-a-Lago were exposed. The classification review is intended to review each document to determine that the classification markings are current.

The emergency intervention by the three-member panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, two of whom had been nominated by Trump, led to a reversal of the investigating judge’s injunction over those documents that had blocked the work of federal investigators and marked a strong rebuke of Trump’s team. trying to suggest without proof that materials have been released in any way.

The appellate judges believed the federal government and national security could be harmed by the pause in the investigation, and Trump’s team had no good reason to review potentially classified records.

The court also did not dispute that the Justice Department said it could not separate the intelligence review of the documents from the criminal investigation.

Trump’s options to block the criminal investigation are now being eclipsed, with one of his only remaining options being an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.

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