FBI returns Donald Trump’s passports after seizing Mar-a-Lago raid

The FBI says former President Donald Trump's passports will be ready for collection

The FBI said former President Donald Trump’s passports would be ready for collection (Pictures: Getty Images/Reuters)

The FBI returns Donald Trump’s passports that officers seized during the Mar-a-Lago raid, after the former president complained he had “stolen” them.

Trump said his three passports were seized in a fiery Truth Social post exactly one week after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Florida home.

‘Wow! During the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three passports (one of which expired), along with everything else,” Trump wrote Monday afternoon. ‘This is an assault on a political opponent on a level never seen before in our country. Third World!’

On Monday night, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich tweeted a screenshot of an email from a Justice Department official acknowledging that Trump’s passports had been seized.

“We have learned that screening officers have seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one being his active diplomatic passport,” read Monday’s email from Jay Bratt of the National Security Division. of the department.

“We are returning them and they will be ready for collection at WFO at 2 p.m. today.”

Budowich shared the screenshot in order to hit CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, who had tweeted earlier that the FBI was “NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports”. O’Donnell quoted “a DOJ official” in his post to counter Trump’s accusation.

O’Donnell then tweeted“We also learn tonight that if any items not contained in the warrant were recovered during the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago, they will be returned.”

The FBI’s decision to take Trump’s passports suggested investigators may have deemed him a flight risk or that he could face charges that would not allow him to travel outside the United States. .

But the agency late Monday declared“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows court-ordered search and seizure procedures and then releases material that does not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes. “

The FBI statement was retweeted by O’Donnell.

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