According to The New York Times, recent court filings show that the Department of Justice has evidence against former President Donald Trump that it has not yet revealed to the public.

Late last week, the DOJ officially appealed Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon’s appointment of Special Master Raymond Dearie to oversee the boxes of sensitive material that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago in early August with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

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The Times reported:

“In a 53-page brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, the Justice Department broadly challenged the legal legitimacy of orders last month by Judge Aileen M. Cannon, who blocked investigators from using the materials and appointed an independent arbiter to sift them for any that are potentially privileged or Mr. Trump’s personal property. The Justice Department already succeeded in persuading a panel of the Atlanta-based court to exempt about 100 documents marked classified from Judge Cannon’s move — a decision the Supreme Court declined to overturn this week.”

Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Flickr / Trump White House Archives, Public Domain

A footnote on page six of the DOJ’s appeal, it explains that it has additional evidence that Trump had classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort home in south Florida.

“Here and before the district court, the government has referred to evidence developed in its investigation to inform the courts of the relevant facts. Where possible, the government refers to portions of the affidavit accompanying its search warrant application that have been unsealed or to other information in the public record.”

Of necessity, however, the government cannot publicly disclose all the sources of its evidence, particularly while the investigation remains ongoing.”

Mar-a-Lago via Flickr / Carmen Rodriguez, Public Domain

For this, and several other reasons, not the least of which is that both Judge Cannon and Special Master Dearie have not indicated they can work without bias in support of Trump, the DOJ is asking that Dearie’s appointment is ended.

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