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

Within 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 Fact Social, his social media platform, in regards to the Democrats, the F.B.I. and different perceived foes.

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

Listed below are among the false and unsupported statements he has made for the reason that F.B.I.’s search.

Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9

Within the days following the raid, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his house on the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Seashore. These warrants typically remain under seal until fees are filed, however a lot 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 a substitute, 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, said 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 recommended the dearth of oversight might have allowed the F.B.I. to plant proof.

He wrote on Fact 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 previous president watched the search from New York from video offered by safety cameras within 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 put up, 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 within 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 “special access programs,” a time period reserved for very delicate operations and intently held applied sciences, Mr. Trump stated the F.B.I. might have requested for paperwork with out a raid.

He posted on Fact 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 saved.

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

Mr. Trump acquired 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, a minimum of one in every of Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written statement claiming that every one materials marked as categorised and saved in packing containers at Mar-a-Lago was returned.

However an inventory of material taken from Mr. Trump’s house throughout final week’s search confirmed that brokers seized 11 sets of confidential or secret documents.

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 recommended that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. had been professional.

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

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

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14

In a sequence of posts on Fact Social, Mr. Trump doubled down on his criticism of the F.B.I., saying the company “has a protracted and unrelenting historical past of being corrupt.” He listed discredited claims of election interference through 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 method of understanding if what they took was professional, or was there a ‘plant?’” he wrote. “This was, in any case, the FBI!”

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