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The FBI Seized Donald Trump's Passports to Prevent Him From Leaving the U.S.

The former U.S. President has described the situation as an "assault on a political opponent," and claims that agents stole his three passports; one of which was expired.

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FBI agents recently recovered highly sensitive documents from the former US president's house, including some that they said could really harm national security if they were released.

The FBI searched his home last week after discovering three boxes of classified information at his estate following the end of his presidency.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mr Trump's handling of White House records violated federal law; the documents were obtained in January.

Donald Trump spoke to Fox News Digital and warned that: "terrible things are going to happen" if frustrations don’t subside.

Trump said that: "The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger like I've never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one - years of scams and witch hunts, and now this."

He then went on to say that: "People are so angry at what is taking place," adding that "Whatever we can do to help - because the temperature has to be brought down in the country."

He then suggested that the FBI: "could have planted anything they wanted" while conducting the search.

He said: "There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country - at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times."

Agents retrieved a set of papers marked top secret and sensitive compartmented information. This is a special category meant to protect the nation's most important secrets.

Police also found a binder of photos, handwritten note, and information on the "President of France."

The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to reports.

Sources have also told Fox News that the Justice Department also opposed Trump's lawyers request for the appointment of an independent, special master to review the records.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.Sources told Fox News that, due to attorney-client privilege, Trump’s team asked the Justice Department for their position on whether they would support a third party, independent special master to review those records, but sources told Fox News that the DOJ notified Trump’s team that they would oppose that request.

Attorney-client privilege is when an attorney and their client's communications are kept confidential.

Fox News then reported that: “Sources told Fox News that some records could be covered by executive privilege, which gives the president of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the authority to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice and consultation between the president and senior advisers.”

Trump was then made aware of the development, and made the following statement: “Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”

The warrant agreed on by Judge Bruce Reinhart and signed by Attorney General Merrick Garland has permission from FBI to seize “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed” by Trump, resulting in 15 boxes being taken from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Jonathan Turley who is an American attorney wrote: “The request for a special master would seem reasonable, particularly given the sweeping language used in the warrant. It is hard to see what material could not be gathered under this warrant.”

“Given that sweeping language (and the various lawsuits and investigations facing Trump), it would seem reasonable to request a special magistrate. That is why the reported refusal is so concerning. What is the harm from such a review? The material is now under lock and key. There is no approaching deadline in court or referenced grand jury.”

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