Appearing on Newsmax’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight,” attorney Christina Bobb argued that the fact that the FBI and Department of Justice have “routinely abused their power” is the only way to explain the latest claims by former President Donald Trump that FBI agents seized his passports during the August 8 raid of his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Bobb, who is one of Trump’s attorneys currently handling negotiations with the DOJ, said during the interview on Monday that the consistent abuses of power by the federal agencies explains their actions in regards to the former president.
“The warrant was very specific that it was looking for presidential records and classified information,” the attorney said, adding that the passports do not fall under either of those categories.
“It goes to show that they’ve just gotten too comfortable overstepping their authority, and they did it again,” Bobb continued.
When asked whether the Department of Justice fears that Trump will attempt to flee the country, the attorney stated that even if that were the case, seizing his passport is not even the proper means to prevent him from doing so — which requires a court order.
“You can’t just say, ‘Oh, we’re going to raid his house, and, oh, by the way, let’s take his passport.’ … they’re just after anything they can get,” Bobb said.
Politico reporter Kyle Cheney revealed in a tweet late on Monday that a DOJ “filter team” had discovered the passports while in the process of weeding out privileged information, which it had described as two expired and one current diplomatic passport.
The Justice Department reportedly offered them back to Trump’s team, the department said, after which, the former president announced that they had been seized in the raid.
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Moving on to the subject of mainstream media reports that Trump had been keeping nuclear documents at his Mar-a-Lago home, Bobb noted that the former president’s legal team said they had first heard about such claims three days after the raid.
“If it was so pertinent and so important, why didn’t they tell us about it when we were negotiating with them and trying to give them everything they wanted?” she asked. “And to my knowledge, we did give them everything they wanted.”
The fact that the story was leaked to the mainstream media three days later, according to Bobb, “looks like they’re just trying to come up with a story that was salacious enough to scare the American public into thinking maybe their actions were OK. They weren’t.”
Trump also recently asserted that FBI agents seized some documents during the raid that were subject to attorney-client privilege.
Bobb told Newsmax host Rob Schmitt that FBI agents had given lawyers at the scene of the raid two separate receipts of property — one short list and one longer list. According to Bobb, when they handed her the shorter list, they told her verbally that it had attorney-client information on it, so they would be handling it differently, and that process would be worked out with lawyers.
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“But, of course, you know they write out classified information on the one list, and then when they take something that is questionable and the public won’t like, they leave that off of the list and just tell me,” the attorney said. “So, I think it’s a lot of gamesmanship.”
“I think what they did is wrong. It’s illegal. It’s unconstitutional, and I think they have a lot of explaining to do,” Bobb added.