Trump initially accused the FBI of stealing three passports Monday afternoon and called it an “assault on a political opponent”.
“The DOJ and FBI just returned my passports,” Trump reported on Truth Social. “Thank you!”
“Unfortunately, when they Raided my home, Mar-a-Lago, 8 days ago, they just opened their arms and grabbed everything in sight, much as a common criminal would do. This shouldn’t happen in America!” he insisted.
An inventory of property that was taken from Trump’s home made no mention of passports, though it did note that agents seized 27 boxes — some of which contained classified documents — two binders of photographs, and a handwritten note, among other items.
The search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, which was unsealed Friday, indicates the Justice Department is investigating whether Trump broke three federal laws pertaining to official records, including the Espionage Act of 1917 — a statute used in recent years to justify harsh sanctions, including against whistleblowers, New York Post reported.
After the search warrant and inventory were unsealed Friday, Trump claimed that the documents in question had already been declassified and that the FBI search was unnecessary.
“Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request,” President Trump said.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK. The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?” the former Commander in Chief wondered.
Screenshot of President Trump’s statement on Truth Social: