A Timeline of Trump’s False and Misleading Statements on the Mar-a-Lago Search

In the days since former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida residence was searched by federal brokers final week, he has posted dozens of messages on Reality Social, his social media platform, about the Democrats, the F.B.I. and different perceived foes.

These statements replicate the technique Mr. Trump has lengthy used to handle controversy, by turns denying any wrongdoing whereas directing consideration elsewhere. Some of the messages additionally replicate his penchant for false and deceptive claims.

Listed below are some of the false and unsupported statements he has made since the F.B.I.’s search.

Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9

In the days following the search, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his residence at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Seaside. These warrants usually stay underneath seal except fees are filed, however many of his supporters suggested that the F.B.I. was not releasing it as a result of the search was politically motivated.

Mr. Trump was free to launch the warrant at any time. As an alternative, he repeatedly linked the White Home to the search, suggesting that President Biden or different Democrats knew about it.

“Biden knew all about this,” he wrote on Aug. 9. He supplied no proof.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White Home press secretary, stated President Biden was not given advance discover of the search.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Mr. Trump stated his legal professionals and others at Mar-a-Lago weren’t permitted to look at the search, and urged the lack of oversight may have allowed the F.B.I. to plant proof.

He wrote on Reality Social that brokers didn’t need witnesses “to see what they have been doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’”

However Mr. Trump’s lawyer said during a television interview that the former president watched the search from New York from video supplied by safety cameras inside of Mar-a-Lago.

Mr. Trump additionally focused former President Barack Obama, falsely claiming that his predecessor took greater than 30 million paperwork to Chicago after he left the White Home. In a later submit, Mr. Trump elevated the determine to 33 million paperwork.

The Nationwide Archives and Data Administration, or NARA, responded in a statement, saying that “NARA moved roughly 30 million pages of unclassified data to a NARA facility in the Chicago space, the place they’re maintained completely by NARA.”

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Thursday, Aug. 11

After stories confirmed the F.B.I. sought paperwork associated to “particular entry packages,” a time period reserved for terribly delicate operations and intently held applied sciences, Mr. Trump stated the F.B.I. may have requested for paperwork and not using a search.

He posted on Reality Social that the F.B.I. had already requested him to put in an extra padlock in an space the place safe paperwork have been saved.

“My attorneys and representatives have been cooperating totally, and excellent relationships had been established,” he wrote on Aug. 11. “The federal government may have had no matter they needed, if we had it.”

Mr. Trump obtained a subpoena this spring searching for extra paperwork, and federal officers met with Mr. Trump and his lawyer Evan Corcoran at Mar-a-Lago. After the go to, at the very least one of Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written assertion claiming that each one materials marked as categorised and saved in packing containers at Mar-a-Lago was returned.

However a listing of materials taken from Mr. Trump’s residence throughout final week’s search confirmed that brokers seized 11 units of confidential or secret paperwork.

Friday, Aug. 12

After the warrant was launched by a Florida court docket, an accompanying log confirmed that 11 units of categorised paperwork have been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. The warrant additionally confirmed that the investigation was associated to violations of the Espionage Act.

Mr. Trump then urged that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. have been professional.

“Primary, it was all declassified,” he wrote.

Whereas presidents have broad powers to declassify info whereas in workplace, violations of the Espionage Act nonetheless apply to declassified paperwork.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14

In a collection of posts on Reality Social, Mr. Trump doubled down on his criticism of the F.B.I., saying the company “has an extended and unrelenting historical past of being corrupt.” He listed discredited claims of election interference throughout the 2016 election.

Mr. Trump then returned to his earlier, unsupported, claims that the paperwork may have been planted by the F.B.I.

“There was no approach of realizing if what they took was professional, or was there a ‘plant?’” he wrote. “This was, in spite of everything, the FBI!”

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