The Department of
Justice (DOJ) believes that the FBI acted outside of its purview authorized by the court during the Aug. 8 raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, a reporter told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday night.
“For the first time we have confirmation that the FBI and the Justice Department believes it over-collected evidence when it was at Mar-a-Lago, meaning it collected evidence not covered by the search warrant,” John Solomon, editor-in-chief of Just The News, said while discussing the report.
A DOJ official told Just The News late Monday that the agency acted “outside the scope” of the search warrant when it seized Trump’s passports during the raid on Trump’s home.
“Occasionally a warrant collection can grab things outside the scope authorized by the court and the department is now following a procedure we would for any person affected this way,” the anonymous official said.
The passports were returned to Trump, NBC News reported. A spokesman for former President Trump posted a redacted email on Twitter from the FBI stating Trump’s passports, two of which were expired, could be picked up.
“We have learned that the filter agents seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one being his active diplomatic passport,” the email said.
This is how Fake News works, folks. Biden admin actively feeds half truths & lies that the media willingly amplifies—advancing a partisan narrative to attack Trump.@NorahODonnell, did your “source” read you this email? Did you bother asking if they indeed seized the passports? https://t.co/DlzkagN0ie pic.twitter.com/VwCU7DPCvg
— Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) August 15, 2022
“I have confirmed from two different sources that the Justice Department called President Trump’s defense lawyers today confirming that they did take his three passports,” Solomon continued. “They are making arrangements to send it back saying they are obligated to return it it’s outside the scope of the subpoena. They have also informed Trump defense lawyers, the Justice Department has, over the last few days that there’s likely privileged materials that the FBI collected that now have to be segregated and returned to the president.”