Donald Trump on Monday claimed his passports were ‘stolen’ in the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago last week, which would mean he could not leave the country.
He called it an ‘assault on a political opponent.’
‘Wow. In the raid by the FBI or Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else. This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never before seen in our country. Third World,’ he wrote on his Truth Social social media account.
He likely has a regular blue passport issued to U.S. citizens and a red ‘diplomatic’ passport issued for official government travel. He would have received a diplomatic passport as president.
But, without a legal passport, Trump would not be able to travel outside the United States.
It’s unclear if the passports were seized and if it was done because the former president is considered a flight risk.
rump and his family, as they have gone on the defense, have accused President Joe Biden of having ordered the raid.
The White House said the president discovered the raid from public reports.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he ‘personally approved’ the raid. He did not give any additional details about the investigation but said the Justice Department requested the warrant and inventory list be made public due to the high level of public interest in the investigation.
And the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Sunday that President Biden hasn’t been briefed on it at all.
‘Not been briefed. We have not interfered,’ she said on ABC’s This Week.
During Monday’s raid of Trump’s Florida home, FBI agents took 11 sets of classified documents, photographs, and other files marked ‘top secret’ among boxes of items.
According to the federal warrant, FBI agents took 27 boxes of documents.
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.
Also listed are four sets of ‘top secret documents, three of ‘secret’ documents, and three sets of ‘confidential’ documents, but the receipt offers no further information about what they contained.
Lawyers for Trump insist that as president, he had the power to declassify the documents before leaving office.
Trump also has accused the FBI of taking documents that fall under attorney-client privilege and demanding their return.
‘Oh great! In its now-famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, it has just been learned that the FBI took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material and executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken,’ Trump said Sunday on Truth Social.