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Trump raid timeline: What led to the unprecedented search of Mar-a-Lago


Here are the key moments that led to the FBI’s unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate:

Jan. 20, 2021

Trump leaves the White House approximately four hours before Joe Biden’s swearing-in. Dozens of boxes containing documents, mementos and other materials have gone ahead of him to his post-presidential home at Mar-a-Lago.

Remainder of 2021

The National Archives engages in “ongoing communications” with Trump’s representatives about missing records.

January 2022

The National Archives receives 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago.

Feb. 18, 2022

Archivist David Ferriero informs the House Oversight Committee in a letter that “classified national security information” was found in the 15 boxes and the Justice Department has been contacted about potential violations of the Presidential Records Act.

Trump administration staffers with boxes outside of the the Eisenhower Executive Office building inside the White House complex on January 14, 2021.
Trump administration staffers with boxes outside of the the Eisenhower Executive Office building inside the White House complex on January 14, 2021.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File
Aides carrying boxes Marine One before former President Donald Trump left office on January 20, 2021. Trump reportedly had boxes of documents and White House mementos sent to his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Aides carrying boxes to Marine One before former President Donald Trump left office on January 20, 2021. Trump reportedly had boxes of documents and White House mementos sent to his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Spring 2022

Investigators interview Trump aides either involved in the removal of documents to Mar-a-Lago or familiar with their storage at the Palm Beach resort. According to CNN, staffers who were contacted include executive assistant Molly Michael, operations coordinator Beau Harrison, former White House staff secretary Derek Lyons, and former White House valet Walt Nauta.

June 3, 2022

DOJ and FBI officials arrive at Mar-a-Lago with a grand jury subpoena and are shown a basement storage room where additional boxes containing White House documents and other materials are kept. Trump attorneys hand over documents marked as “top secret,” according to CNN.

The National Archives received 15 boxes from Trump at Mar-a-Lago in January this year containing “classified national security information," according to archivist David Ferriero.
The National Archives received 15 boxes from Trump at Mar-a-Lago in January this year containing “classified national security information,” according to archivist David Ferriero.
Robert Miller
DOJ and FBI officials were shown a basement storage room at Mar-a-Lago in June where boxes of documents and other materials were kept.
DOJ and FBI officials were shown a basement storage room at Mar-a-Lago in June where boxes of documents and other materials were kept.
AP Photo/Steve Helber

June 8, 2022

Justice Department counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt reportedly requests that a stronger lock be put on the storage room door and that the boxes “be preserved in that room in their current condition until further notice.”

June 22, 2022

The Trump Organization receives and complies with a subpoena for surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Police outside of Mar-a-Lago after it was raided by FBI agents on August 8, 2022.
Police outside of Mar-a-Lago after it was raided by FBI agents on August 8, 2022.
Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images
Trump supporters gathered outside of Mar-a-Lago on August 9, 2021.
Trump supporters gathered outside of Mar-a-Lago on August 9, 2021.
REUTERS/Marco Bello

August 5, 2022

US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart issues a sealed search warrant for the former president’s home.

August 8, 2022

Plainclothes FBI agents search Mar-a-Lago for more than nine hours, concentrating on a bedroom, a safe and at one point scouring former first lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe. The remaining boxes are removed from the storage room.

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