Former President Donald Trump claimed in a statement Monday afternoon that the federal agents who executed a search warrant at his Florida home last week took his passports.
“In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else,” Trump said in a post on social media.
Federal investigators recovered at least 4 sets of top secret documents, 3 sets of secret documents, and 3 sets of confidential documents during their search, which U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland authorized.
Multiple sources told The New York Times that at least one of Trump’s lawyers signed a written statement to the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this summer that claimed all classified material and boxes in a storage area on the property had been returned to the federal government. Agents searched the storage area and Trump’s office and residence on the property.
The signed declaration, combined with the at least 11 sets of classified documents that were discovered on the property, could mean that either Trump or his legal team potentially lied to federal investigators.
The sections of the U.S. criminal code that were cited on the search warrant indicate the investigation centers around potential violations of the Espionage Act, the unlawful taking of government records, and obstruction of justice related to destroying documents.
Lawyers for Trump’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, revealed on Monday that Giuliani was the target of a criminal investigation in Georgia over matters related to the 2020 presidential election.
The New York Times reported that Fulton County prosecutors had questioned witnesses before a special grand jury about remarks that Giuliani made during appearances in front of state legislative panels the month after the 2020 election.
Giuliani tried to delay having to testify before the special grand jury by saying that a recent medical procedure would prevent him from being able to travel.
However, Willis’ office obtained records showing that he had “purchased multiple airline tickets with cash, including tickets to Rome, Italy, and Zurich, Switzerland” for dates that “were after” his “medical procedure.”
Giuliani is now scheduled to testify Wednesday at a courthouse in Atlanta.
“If these people think he’s going to talk about conversations between him and President Trump, they’re delusional,” Giuliani attorney Robert Costello said.
This report has been updated to include additional information.