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

The FBI Said Ex-President Donald Trump's Passports Would Be Ready For Collection

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

The FBI returns Donald Trump’s passports that agents seized in the Mar-a-Lago raid after the former president complained that they had “stolen” them.

Trump announced that his three passports were seized in a fiery Truth Social post just a week after the FBI issued a search warrant on his Florida home.

‘Wow! In the FBI raid on 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 never 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 passports had been seized.

“We have learned that the filter agents have seized three of President Trump’s passports, two have expired and one is his active diplomatic passport,” said Jay Bratt’s email Monday from the department’s National Security Division.

“We’ll bring them back and they’ll be available for pick-up at the WFO today at 2:00 PM.”

Budowich shared the screenshot to bash CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, who had tweeted rather that the FBI was “NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports.” O’Donnell quoted “a DOJ official” in her post refuting Trump’s impeachment.

O’Donnell dan tweeted“We also learn tonight that if items not listed in the warrant are found during the FBI search in Mar-a-Lago, they will be returned.”

The FBI’s decision to confiscate Trump’s passports suggested that investigators may have considered him a flight risk or could face charges preventing him from traveling outside the US.

But the agency leaves Monday stated:: “When 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 statement was retweeted by O’Donnell.

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