DOJ to return Trump’s passports as pressure grows about justification for search: live updates

DOJ to return Trump’s passports as pressure grows about justification for search: live updates

Published August 16, 2022
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WASHINGTON – Federal authorities said they would return Donald Trump’s three passports Tuesday, as the Justice Department faced rising pressure to release more details and justification for the unprecedented search of the former president’s Florida estate.

The notification about the passports came Monday in an email made public by Trump’s representatives. Jay Bratt, a top official in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said in the email agents determined the travel documents were unrelated to the search Aug. 8 for classified documents.

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

The passport dispute came as questions about the search intensify. Congressional committees have asked for briefings on potential national security risks from Trump keeping “secret” and “top secret” records. House Republicans told the Justice Department to preserve documents about the search.