In the times since former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida house was once searched via federal brokers remaining week, he has posted dozens of messages on Truth Social, his social media platform, concerning the Democrats, the F.B.I. and different perceived foes.
Those statements mirror the tactic Mr. Trump has lengthy used to handle controversy, via turns denying any wrongdoing whilst directing consideration in different places. Some of the messages additionally mirror his penchant for false and deceptive claims.
Here are probably the most false and unsupported statements he has made because the F.B.I.’s seek.
Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9
After the hunt turns into public, Trump suggests, with out proof, that Biden performed a task.
In the times following the hunt, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention at the F.B.I.’s seek warrant for his house on the Mar-a-Lago hotel in Palm Beach. Those warrants normally stay beneath seal until fees are filed, however a lot of his supporters suggested that the F.B.I. was once now not freeing it for the reason that seek was once politically motivated.
Mr. Trump was once unfastened to unlock the warrant at any time. Instead, he many times connected the White House to the hunt, suggesting that President Biden or different Democrats knew about it.
“Biden knew all about this,” he wrote on Aug. 9. He supplied no proof.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, stated President Biden was once now not given advance realize of the hunt.
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Wednesday, Aug. 10
Trump suggests, with out proof, that the F.B.I. can have planted proof. He then makes false claims about Obama.
Mr. Trump stated his attorneys and others at Mar-a-Lago weren’t authorised to look at the hunt, and urged the loss of oversight may 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 attorney said during a television interview that the previous president watched the hunt from New York from video supplied via safety cameras inside 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 put up, Mr. Trump greater the determine to 33 million paperwork.
The National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, answered in a commentary, pronouncing 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 experiences expose a focal point on categorized paperwork, Trump suggests the hunt was once needless.
After experiences confirmed the F.B.I. sought paperwork associated with “special access programs,” a time period reserved for terribly delicate operations and intently held applied sciences, Mr. Trump stated the F.B.I. may have requested for paperwork with out a seek.
He posted on Truth Social that the F.B.I. had already requested him to put in an extra padlock in a space the place protected paperwork have been saved.
“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 gained a subpoena this spring in search of further paperwork, and federal officers met with Mr. Trump and his attorney Evan Corcoran at Mar-a-Lago. After the discuss with, no less than one in all Mr. Trump’s attorneys signed a written commentary claiming that every one subject matter marked as categorized and saved in containers at Mar-a-Lago was once returned.
But a listing of subject matter taken from Mr. Trump’s house all over remaining week’s seek confirmed that brokers seized 11 units of confidential or secret paperwork.
Friday, Aug. 12
After the F.B.I. log of seized paperwork presentations some marked categorized, Trump says, with out proof, that the paperwork have been already declassified.
After the warrant was once launched via a Florida court docket, an accompanying log confirmed that 11 units of categorized paperwork have been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. The warrant additionally confirmed that the investigation was once associated with violations of the Espionage Act.
Mr. Trump then urged that the paperwork seized via the F.B.I. have been professional.
“Number one, it was all declassified,” he wrote.
While presidents have extensive powers to declassify knowledge whilst in place of job, violations of the Espionage Act nonetheless practice to declassified paperwork.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14
Trump repeats unfounded declare that paperwork may have been planted.
In a sequence of posts on Truth Social, Mr. Trump doubled down on his grievance of the F.B.I., pronouncing the company “has a long and unrelenting history of being corrupt.” He indexed discredited claims of election interference all over the 2016 election.
Mr. Trump then returned to his previous, unsupported, claims that the paperwork may have been planted via 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!”