Trump passports taken in FBI search of Mar-a-Lago returned to former president

  
Via:  Nerm_L  •  4 months ago  •  13 comments

By:   Melissa Quinn, Robert Legare (CBSPolitics)

Trump passports taken in FBI search of Mar-a-Lago returned to former president
The FBI said in a statement it "follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that we do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes."

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Once more unto the breach.  Trump has threatened the self-delusional smug attitude of liberal superiority.  No one should be surprised that liberals have gone Soviet.

The FBI has tacitly admitted they weren't searching for anything.  The raid on Mar-a-Lago was a fishing expedition to seize anything they could find.  And the FBI is only claiming vindication after the fact.  They didn't have any idea what was there.  But now that the FBI has everything they can spin their raid as somehow being noble and just.  How very Soviet.

Who knows what was there?  Who knows what has been planted?  How can we trust an FBI that behaves like the Soviet KGB or Spetsnaz GRU?  


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Washington — Passports belonging to former President Donald Trump that were taken by the FBI during the search conducted at his South Florida residence last week have been returned to the former president, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News.

The source said the passports were given back to Trump after they were discovered by a "filter team," a group of federal investigators who screen the materials seized during the execution of a search warrant for privileged or extraneous information.

The FBI said in a statement that when executing search warrants, the bureau "follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that we do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes."

In a post around 1:30 p.m. ET Monday on Truth Social, the former president's social media platform, Trump claimed the FBI "stole" three passports, one of which he said was expired, when agents conducted the search of Mar-a-Lago last week.

"This was an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our country," he wrote. "Third World!"

Several hours later, Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, shared on Twitter an email the former president's lawyers received from Jay Bratt, a top Justice Department official, alerting them that the passports had been taken and would be returned.

"We have learned that the filter agents seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one being his active diplomatic passport. We are returning them, and they will be ready for pickup at WFO at 2 pm today," Bratt wrote, referring to the bureau's Washington field office.

The email was sent to Trump's lawyers at 12:49 p.m. ET Monday, before the former president's accusation that the FBI stole his passports. The law enforcement source also confirmed the accuracy of the email from Bratt, who is chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section at the Justice Department.

In the search of Mar-a-Lago last week, FBI agents seized 11 sets of classified documents, including boxes containing records marked "secret," "top secret," "confidential" and "classified/TS/SCI," or top secret/sensitive compartmented information, according to the search warrant and property receipt unsealed by a federal magistrate judge in Florida on Friday.

The warrant and accompanying documents also indicated the president is under investigation for possible violations of three federal statutes, including the Espionage Act, and specifically the section of that law involving gathering, transmitting or losing defense information.

Since the FBI's search, Trump has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department and bureau, claiming without evidence it was a politically motivated attack targeting a likely challenger to President Biden in 2024.

On Friday, the former president claimed his legal team had been complying with the government's requests related to the records, but CBS News learned that weeks before the search, one of Trump's lawyers signed a document certifying that all classified materials had been removed from Mar-a-Lago. The certification came after a June 3 meeting between Justice Department officials and Trump's lawyers at the South Florida property, and a grand jury subpoena was also issued in the spring, according to two sources.

After the former president's attorney certified all classified materials had been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago, investigators learned there may still be more there.

Trump has also claimed some of the documents taken by the FBI were protected under attorney-client privilege and executive privilege, "which they knowingly should not be taken." The reference by Bratt to filter agents, though, suggests the FBI is working to ensure federal prosecutors do not process privileged material outside the scope of the search warrant.


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Nerm_L
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Nerm_L    4 months ago

The response to the DOJ and FBI Soviet tactics will follow the same pattern as BLM protests.  The self-delusional smug attitude of liberal superiority simply assumes the ends justify the means.  But Merrick Garland is going to be held accountable for those Spetsnaz means.

Once more unto the breach.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Nerm_L @1    4 months ago
DOJ and FBI Soviet tactics

Do soviet tactics include obtaining a search warrant signed by a federal judge outlining what, when and where the FBI can search?  You seem familiar with soviet procedures, so I thought I'd ask.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    4 months ago
Do soviet tactics include obtaining a search warrant signed by a federal judge outlining what, when and where the FBI can search?  You seem familiar with soviet procedures, so I thought I'd ask.

Ask Alexei Navalny. 

Isn't it convenient that the FBI raid happened when Biden was going on vacation?

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
1.1.2  Tacos!  replied to  Nerm_L @1.1.1    4 months ago
Isn't it convenient that the FBI raid happened when Biden was going on vacation?

Is it? Why is that convenient?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1.3  Ozzwald  replied to  Nerm_L @1.1.1    4 months ago
Ask Alexei Navalny.

YOU made the comparison, so I am asking YOU.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Nerm_L @1    4 months ago
No one should be surprised that liberals have gone Soviet.

For shame! Those pesky Soviets are always returning suspects' passports.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
1.3  Hallux  replied to  Nerm_L @1    4 months ago
Spetsnaz

Spetsnaz would have put a bullet in Donald's head while his wife was sodomized and forced to watch.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
2  afrayedknot    4 months ago

“Isn’t it convenient that the FBI raid happened when Biden was going on vacation?”

You may need to change your avatar to ‘Stretch Armstrong’. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
3  Tacos!    4 months ago
one of Trump's lawyers signed a document certifying that all classified materials had been removed from Mar-a-Lago

So then, what did the FBI find? Baseball cards? Family recipes? I’m sure this will get hashed out over time, and possibly in a courtroom, but I do wonder why this whole process had to be so hard at all.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
3.1  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @3    4 months ago

Donald could have turned over everything months ago and this wouldn't be a thing. Yet typical donald himself causes problems then blames everyone else and his faithful lap it up.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Professor Participates
3.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @3.1    4 months ago
Donald could have turned over everything months ago and this wouldn't be a thing.

Wasn't the FBI there months ago in June?  Why didn't they take all of it then instead of making it all a thing?

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Sunshine @3.1.1    4 months ago

 
 
 
Sunshine
Professor Participates
3.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    4 months ago

That may explain the reason not to take the other boxes but who is to say the lawyer was not signing that document in good faith? He may have believed those documents had been declassified. FBI could of handled this without all of the theatre.  No need to raid like it was a Taliban compound. 

Considering the FBI’s history of malicious lies about Trump to get warrants it is quite feasible that they are doing it again. And this is for political gains as before.

We will see.

 
 

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