Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that FBI investigators took his passports when they raided his Florida home last week looking for classified documents he may have illegally possessed after leaving office.
“During the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three passports (one expired), along with everything else,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social. “This is an assault on a political opponent on a level never seen before in our country. Third World!”
It’s unclear why the FBI may have taken his passports or why he apparently has three. Trump said one was expired; it is possible that he has an unexpired regular passport in addition to a second special-issue passport as a former US president.
The FBI can’t reveal many details about its search since it’s part of an ongoing investigation, but agents are believed to have been looking for highly sensitive documents related to nuclear weapons. A warrant issued Friday showed Trump was being investigated for possibly violating the Espionage Act, among other potential crimes. Their investigation is also completely legal, as a federal judge signed a search warrant before the raid took place.
For all of his accusations that the FBI is investigating him for political reasons, Trump failed to mention that FBI Director Christopher Wray is a Republican, that he appointed Wray to his post, and that Senate Republicans voted unanimously to confirm it.