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

The former president has pushed frenetic and sometimes contradictory claims about the F.B.I.’s raid of his Florida home.

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By Stuart A. Thompson

In the days since former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida home was searched by federal agents last week, he has posted dozens of messages on Truth Social, his social media platform, about the Democrats, the F.B.I. and other perceived foes.

Those statements reflect the strategy Mr. Trump has long used to address controversy, by turns denying any wrongdoing while directing attention elsewhere. Some of the messages also reflect his penchant for false and misleading 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

After the search becomes public, Trump suggests, without evidence, that Biden played a role.

In the days following the raid, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention on the F.B.I.’s search warrant for his home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Those warrants typically remain under seal unless charges are filed, but many of his supporters suggested that the F.B.I. was not releasing it because the search was politically motivated.

Mr. Trump was free to release the warrant at any time. Instead, he repeatedly linked the White House to the search, suggesting that President Biden or other Democrats knew about it.

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

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said President Biden was not given advance notice of the search.

More Coverage of the F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Home

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Trump suggests, without evidence, that the F.B.I. may have planted evidence. He then makes false claims about Obama.

Mr. Trump said his lawyers and others at Mar-a-Lago were not permitted to watch the search, and suggested the lack of oversight could have allowed the F.B.I. to plant evidence.

He wrote on Truth Social that agents did not want witnesses “to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’”

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

Mr. Trump also targeted former President Barack Obama, falsely claiming that his predecessor took more than 30 million documents to Chicago after he left the White House. In a later post, Mr. Trump increased the figure to 33 million documents.

The National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, responded in a statement, 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.”

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