‘Seizure procedures’ followed after Trump’s passports were taken

The FBI issued a rare statement Tuesday defending its seizure procedures after former President Donald Trump said Monday the agency “stole” his “passports” during the raid on his private Mar-a-Lago residence.

“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows court-ordered search and seizure procedures and then releases items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes” , the FBI said. declared.

The FBI’s statement seems unusual because it almost never comments on these issues. The statement may have been released to thwart Trump’s control over the narrative of the August 8 raid.

On Monday, Trump, along with the media, demanded that the affidavit on which the search warrant was based be made public. “I demand the immediate release of the completely unredacted affidavit regarding this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN. Further, the judge assigned to this case should recuse himself!” he said on Truth Social.

Prosecutors oppose releasing the affidavit publicly because it would “likely chill future cooperation of witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses,” they wrote.

“The magistrate who signed the search warrant, Bruce E. Reinhart, will ultimately decide whether the affidavit should be released. It is unclear when he will rule on the news media request,” said the New York Times reported.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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