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
After the search turns into public, Trump suggests, with out proof, that Biden performed a task.
In the days following the search, Mr. Trump’s allies focused attention 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 until fees are filed, however many 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. 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 supplied no proof.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, stated President Biden was not given advance discover of the search.
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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 steered 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 said during a television interview that the former president watched the search from New York from video supplied 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 put up, Mr. Trump elevated the determine to 33 million paperwork.
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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Thursday, Aug. 11
After studies reveal a spotlight on categorised paperwork, Trump suggests the search was pointless.
After studies 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 no search.
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 acquired a subpoena this spring looking for extra paperwork, and federal officers met with Mr. Trump and his lawyer Evan Corcoran at Mar-a-Lago. After the go to, at the least one of Mr. Trump’s legal professionals signed a written assertion claiming that every one materials marked as categorised and saved in bins 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 F.B.I. log of seized paperwork exhibits some marked categorised, Trump says, with out proof, that the paperwork had been already declassified.
After the warrant was launched by a Florida court docket, 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 steered that the paperwork seized by the F.B.I. had been professional.
“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
Trump repeats unfounded declare that paperwork might have been planted.
In a sequence 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!”