On Monday, former President Trump announced that three of his passports were seized by agents of the FBI during a raid at Mar-a-Lago.
In a recent Truth Social post, Trump claimed that the FBI seized one expired and two current passports from him during a raid. He accused the agency of unfairly attacking a political opponent.
“Wow! The FBI conducted a raid at Mar-a-Lago and took my three passports (one was expired), as well as other belongings. This is an unprecedented attack on a political opponent in a way that we have never seen before in our nation,” the former president exclaimed. “Third World! ”
Eleven classified documents were taken by the FBI during its August 8 raid, according to two releases on Friday. According to a property receipt signed by Trump’s lawyer, Christina Bobb, the agents gained four sets of top secret papers, three sets of secret papers, and three more of confidential material. The bureau took 20 cardboard boxes full of photograph binders, a handwritten note, and information about the President of France’s executive pardon.
The agents were allowed to search the office and storage rooms and other areas on the premises used or available by FPOTUS and his staff as long as they did so in accordance with a search warrant signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart.
On Friday, President Trump said that all materials confiscated by the FBI were declassified and stored “secured storage.” He had previously accused the FBI of participating in “prosecutorial misconduct” for “political reasons. The first issue is that it was all declassified. The second thing is they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything,” Trump said. “If they wanted to, they could have gotten it anytime without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was already in secured storage with an extra lock as they had requested.”
The agency found that the boxes obtained and labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, and A33 held material under attorney-client privilege. This means that all discussions between an attorney is confidential with their client, as Fox News reported Saturday.
The Justice Department rejected Trump’s lawyer’s request to have a separate entity examine the documents.
Former President Trump and his attorneys claim to have fully cooperated with the FBI and DOJ in their requests for Mar-a-Lago documents. In a statement Thursday, the former president stated that he would have given them anything they requested.
The FBI declined to comment on the issue when approached by The Daily Caller for comment.