The Department of Justice (DOJ) has returned President Donald Trump’s passports after they were seized during the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home last week.
“FBI returned Trump’s passport today,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed on Monday night.
“The email to his lawyers references a ‘filter team,’ which means there is a team weeding out privileged and other material, per email released by Trump spokesman earlier.”
FBI returned Trump’s one expired passport today. The email to his lawyers references a “filter team,” which means there is a team weeding out privileged and other material, per email released by Trump spokesman earlier pic.twitter.com/Re5OfgwcHO
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 16, 2022
The use of a filter team is good news for Trump but raises further questions about whether the search warrant was overbroad.
Trump revealed that three of his passports were taken during the raid on his Florida residence.
“Wow. In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else,” Trump said Monday.
“This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country. Third World!”
The second passport was a diplomatic one, something that all presidents get as a perk of the job.
However, the news that Trump has two passports led to false claims from the Left that it was for nefarious reasons.
After the reason was clarified, some MSNBC analysts were left unsatisfied and called for Biden to revoke Trump’s diplomatic passport, offering no real rationale.
According to NBC:
Passports belonging to Donald Trump have been returned to the former president after last week’s FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home, a Justice Department official told NBC News on Monday.
The FBI acknowledged it had had the passports the same day Trump said on his social media platform that FBI agents who conducted the search on Aug. 8 took them.
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
In all, FBI agents took 27 boxes of documents, according to the federal warrant, according to The Daily Mail.
The inventory of items taken by the agents includes some specific items, including an “Executive Grant of Clemency: Re Roger Jason Stone Jr” – a former Trump adviser who was pardoned in the last days of Trump’s presidency – and “info re: President of France.”
The list also includes more generic labels like “Various classified/TS/SCI documents.”
In the national security world, the “TS/SCI” abbreviation generally refers to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information – available only to those with the highest level of clearance.