Trump disclosed that 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! In the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three passports (one expired), along with everything else,” Trump wrote Monday afternoon. “This is an attack on a political opponent on a level that has never been seen before in our country. Third World!’
On Monday evening, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich tweeted a screenshot of an email from a Justice Department official acknowledging that Trump’s passport had been seized.
“We have learned that the filter agents seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one was his active diplomatic passport,” said the Monday email from Jay Bratt of the department’s national security division.
“We are returning them and they will be ready for collection at WFO at 2pm today.”
Budowich shared the screenshot to bash CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, who had tweeted earlier that the FBI was ‘NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passport’. O’Donnell cited “a DOJ official” in his post that countered Trump’s accusation.
O’Donnell then tweeted‘We are also learning tonight that if any items not in the warrant were recovered during the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, they will be returned.’
The FBI’s move to seize Trump’s passport suggested that investigators may have considered 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 tired: ‘In executing search warrants, the FBI follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, and then returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes.’
The FBI’s statement was retweeted by O’Donnell.
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