A Timeline of Trump’s False and Deceptive Statements on the Mar-a-Lago Search
Within 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 Fact Social, his social media platform, in regards to the Democrats, the F.B.I. and different perceived foes.
These statements mirror the technique Mr. Trump has long used to deal with controversy, by turns denying any wrongdoing whereas directing consideration elsewhere. A number of the messages additionally mirror his penchant for false and misleading claims.
Listed here are a few of the false and unsupported statements he has made because the F.B.I.’s search.
Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9
After the search turns into public, Trump suggests, with out proof, that Biden performed a task.
Within the days following the search, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his dwelling on the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Seashore. These warrants typically remain under seal except fees are filed, however lots 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.
Extra Protection of the F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Dwelling
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Trump suggests, with out proof, that the F.B.I. might have planted proof. He then makes false claims about Obama.
Mr. Trump stated his legal professionals and others at Mar-a-Lago weren’t permitted to look at the search, and recommended the shortage 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 have 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 supplied 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 publish, 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 experiences reveal a deal with labeled paperwork, Trump suggests the search was pointless.
After experiences 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 search.
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 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 might have had no matter they wished, if we had it.”
Mr. Trump acquired 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, a minimum of one in all Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written statement claiming that every one materials marked as labeled and saved in bins at Mar-a-Lago was returned.
Friday, Aug. 12
After the F.B.I. log of seized paperwork exhibits some marked labeled, Trump says, with out proof, that the paperwork have been already declassified.
After the warrant was launched by a Florida court docket, an accompanying log confirmed that 11 units of labeled 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 recommended that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. have been respectable.
“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
Trump repeats unfounded declare that paperwork might have been planted.
In a sequence of posts on Fact 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 in the course of 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 manner of realizing if what they took was respectable, or was there a ‘plant?’” he wrote. “This was, in any case, the FBI!”