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 dwelling was searched by federal brokers final week, he has posted dozens of messages on Truth Social, his social media platform, about the Democrats, the F.B.I. and different perceived foes.

Those 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.

Here 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 centered consideration on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his dwelling at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Those warrants usually stay underneath seal except fees are filed, however many of his supporters advised 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. Instead, he repeatedly linked the White House 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 House press secretary, mentioned President Biden was not given advance discover of the search.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

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

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

But Mr. Trump’s lawyer mentioned throughout a tv 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 House. In a later publish, Mr. Trump elevated the determine to 33 million paperwork.

The National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, responded in a press release, saying that “NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area, where they are maintained exclusively by NARA.”

Thursday, Aug. 11

After reviews confirmed the F.B.I. sought paperwork associated to “special access programs,” a time period reserved for terribly delicate operations and intently held applied sciences, Mr. Trump mentioned the F.B.I. might have requested for paperwork with no raid.

He posted on Truth Social that the F.B.I. had already requested him to put in a further padlock in an space the place safe paperwork had been stored.

“My attorneys and representatives were cooperating fully, and very good relationships had been established,” he wrote on Aug. 11. “The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it.”

Mr. Trump obtained a subpoena this spring searching for further paperwork, and federal officers met with Mr. Trump and his lawyer Evan Corcoran at Mar-a-Lago. After the go to, no less than one of Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written assertion claiming that every one materials marked as categorised and saved in containers at Mar-a-Lago was returned.

But a listing of materials taken from Mr. Trump’s dwelling 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 advised that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. had been legit.

“Number one, it was all declassified,” he wrote.

While 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 collection of posts on Truth Social, Mr. Trump doubled down on his criticism of the F.B.I., saying the company “has a long and unrelenting history 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 might have been planted by the F.B.I.

“There was no way of knowing if what they took was legitimate, or was there a ‘plant?’” he wrote. “This was, after all, the FBI!”


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