(LifeSiteNews) – Donald Trump announced Monday that the FBI “stole” multiple passports from his Mar-a-Lago residence as part of the unprecedented raid on his estate last week, before having them returned later by the agency.
The former president took to social media Monday afternoon to announce that the agency had taken “three passports (one expired), along with everything else” during the August 8 search of his Florida mansion, describing the raid as “an assault on a political opponent at a level never before seen in our country.”
“Third world!” he blasted on his Truth Social account.
NEW: Trump says the FBI “stole” his passports during Mar-A-Lago raid pic.twitter.com/koe8qEMzYx
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 15, 2022
Hours later, in comments to NBC News, the Department of Justice admitted that the passports had been seized but that the FBI has now returned them to the former president.
A statement later released by the FBI said that while “executing search warrants, the FBI follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes.”
The search warrant on Trump’s home – approved by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and signed by Judge Bruce Reinhart – was unsealed Friday, showing that 46 items had been taken from the estate, though the passports were not individually itemized on that list.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
While a separate court order is normally required to take a passport, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi suggested on NBC that the warrant’s order to seize government records covered the receipt of Trump’s travel documents.
MSNBC’s @FrankFigliuzzi1 & @JohnBrennan defend the feds reportedly taking Trump’s passport: “Your passport is not yours, by the way. It’s the U.S. government’s. It’s a privilege and they can take it back” pic.twitter.com/9HpbWnvKOa
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 15, 2022
Continuing, Figliuzzi noted that it is unusual for the FBI to seize a passport while a suspect is not considered a flight risk, but added that “your passport is not yours, by the way. It’s the U.S. government’s. It’s a privilege to have it and they can take it back.”
Shortly before announcing his passports had been taken, Trump suggested that “Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mar-a-Lago.”
“Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced Break In by the FBI, which should never have happened!” he said on his social media platform.
“There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” he stated.
“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country – at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times.”