A Department of Justice official admitted late Monday that the FBI acted “outside the scope” of the search warrant armed FBI agents used to raid former President Donald Trump’s residence last week. Among items they spirited away were Trump’s passports.
The passports have now been returned. Three had been taken away, two of which were expired and the third was Trump’s active diplomatic passport.
Trump: The FBI took my passports.
Democrats: He’s lying.
Media: He’s lying.
Biden Justice Department: So, ummmm, yeah, about that… https://t.co/tFA9EQx1yR
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) August 16, 2022
Speaking on Fox News, Just the News editor-in-chief John Solomon said it’s the first indication that the DOJ knows it overreached and “over-collected evidence” that was past the range permitted by the search warrant.
An anonymous official with the Justice Department told Solomon’s outlet that there are times when warrant collections “can grab things” beyond the authorized parameters. The official said normal procedures for “any person affected this way” are being followed with the former president.
Trump attorney Christina Bobb expressed the former president’s outrage at this unauthorized and ridiculous overreach by the FBI. Calling out the “level of audacity” displayed by those involved in the armed raid, Bobb noted they took “whatever they felt was appropriate or they felt they could take.”
The FBI sent out a spokesman to defend the agency’s actions. Without specifically mentioning the passports, he said in a statement that the Bureau “follows search and seizure procedures” and then returns items that are not needed for investigative purposes.
Which, of course, begs the question: Were the passports ordered to be seized? If so, why? And if not, why were they taken and then promptly returned?
In the court documents now public with the property receipt, FBI agents were authorized to search for evidence of crimes that involved keeping “any government and/or Presidential Records” from Trump’s time in the White House.
What could two expired personal and one diplomatic passport be evidence of?
Besides being the former President of the United States, Donald Trump is also a citizen of this country and entitled to the protection of its laws and due process. He has the right to expect the same constitutional protections as the next person, no matter whose witch hunt he is targeted by.