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 house 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 mirror the technique Mr. Trump has lengthy used to deal with controversy, by turns denying any wrongdoing whereas directing consideration elsewhere. Some of the messages additionally mirror 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 raid, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his house at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Seashore. These warrants usually stay underneath seal until expenses 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 offered 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 observe the search, and prompt 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 had 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 offered 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 Information Administration, or NARA, responded in a statement, saying that “NARA moved roughly 30 million pages of unclassified information to a NARA facility in the Chicago space, the place they’re maintained completely by NARA.”

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Thursday, Aug. 11

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

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 had been stored.

“My attorneys and representatives had been cooperating absolutely, 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 looking for further paperwork, and federal officers met with Mr. Trump and his lawyer Evan Corcoran at Mar-a-Lago. After the go to, not less than one of Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written assertion claiming that each one materials marked as categorised and saved in bins at Mar-a-Lago was returned.

However a list of materials taken from Mr. Trump’s house 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 courtroom, an accompanying log confirmed that 11 units of categorised paperwork had been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. The warrant additionally confirmed that the investigation was associated to violations of the Espionage Act.

Mr. Trump then prompt that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. had been official.

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

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

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14

In a sequence 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 method of realizing if what they took was official, or was there a ‘plant?’” he wrote. “This was, in any case, the FBI!”

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