The FBI acknowledged it had had the passports exactly the same day Trump said on his social media marketing platform that FBI agents who conducted the search on Aug. 8 took them.
In a statement on Truth Social, Trump said agents “stole my three Passports (one expired), alongside the rest.” He didn’t provide further details or specify if the travel documents were personal or government passports. (Presidents receive diplomatic passports if they take office.)
A Justice Department official said Trump’s passports have already been returned.
A representative for Trump didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment.
Trump attorney Christina Bobb blasted federal police on Monday night, telling Fox News host Laura Ingraham that she refused to provide them a “pass” for removing the passports.
“I believe this would go to show the amount of audacity they have,” Bobb said. “I believe it would go to show how aggressive these were, how overreaching these were, they were ready to go at night four corners of the warrant and take whatever they felt was appropriate or they felt they could take.”
An FBI spokesperson defended the way the search warrant was completed.
In executing search warrants, the FBI follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items which need not be retained for police purposes,” the spokesperson said in a statement Monday evening that didn’t mention the passports.
A property receipt from the FBI search of Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Florida, showed that federal investigators recovered a trove of ” inside info ” along with other heavily classified documents but didn’t mention any passports.
In court papers made public with the house receipt, investigators said these were searching for proof crimes that included withholding any government and/or Presidential Records from Trumps amount of time in office.
Dareh Gregorian is really a politics reporter for NBC News.