(CNN) — The federal criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents by former President Donald Trump escalated in a significant and unprecedented way this week, with the execution of a search warrant by the FBI at Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. ,
The US Justice Department investigation pertains to documents that Trump withdrew from the White House after his term ended in January 2021. Earlier this year, officials from the National Archives and Records Administration, known as NARA, recovered 15 boxes of presidential documents from March-a-Lago.
Trump’s lawyers previously worked with NARA to voluntarily turn over some of the documents, but the recent Mar-a-Lago raids clearly signal a new phase of the investigation. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claims the investigation is a politically motivated sham intended to derail his potential bid to return to the White House.
Here is the timeline of the investigation against Trump
A NARA official contacted Trump’s team after realizing that several important documents had not been released before Trump left the White House. In hopes of locating the missing documents, NARA attorney Gary Stern contacts someone who served in the office of a White House counsel under Trump, who was the point of contact for the cases. register. The missing documents include some of Trump’s correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as a Hurricane Dorian map that Trump discredited with a marker pen.
NARA is disappointed by the slowness in the delivery of documents after several months of talks with the Trump team. Stern approached another Trump lawyer to intervene. The archivist asked about several boxes of records that were apparently taken to Mar-a-Lago during Trump’s visit to Florida. NARA still hasn’t received the White House documents it wants.
After months of discussions with the Trump team, NARA recovered 15 boxes of records from the Trump White House in Mar-a-Lago. Records The administration says in a statement that some of the records obtained at the end of the Trump administration were “cut by former President Trump,” and White House officials had to glue the pieces together. NARA maintains that not all tattered documents were reconstructed.
February 9, 2022
Media outlets including CNN are reporting that NARA has asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records and whether he violated the Presidential Records Act and other legislation related to classified information. The Presidential Records Act requires that all records maintained by an incumbent president be turned over to the National Archives at the end of his administration.
February 18, 2022
NARA notifies the Justice Department that some of the documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago contain classified material. It also tells the Justice Department that, despite warnings that it was illegal, Trump shredded documents while he was president, and that senior Trump administration officials will properly process his social media posts, draft tweets, and deleted tweets. failed to preserve.
April and May 2022
On April 7, NARA publicly acknowledged for the first time that the Justice Department is involved, and news outlets report that prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. This time around, FBI agents are carefully interviewing Trump aides at Mar-a-Lago about their handling of the presidential archives as part of their detailed investigation.
12 May 2022
Media reports Investigators summoned NARA to access classified documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago. The subpoenas, which are part of the process of allowing investigators to take possession of NARA documents, are the first public indication that the Justice Department uses a grand jury in its proceedings.
3 June 2022
Four investigators, including a top Justice Department defense official, visit Mar-a-Lago to find out more about classified material brought to a Florida residence. Four investigators meet with two of Trump’s lawyers, Christina Bob and Evan Corcoran, and take a look at the basement room where the documents are kept. Trump appears briefly to greet the officials but does not answer any questions.
8 June 2022
Trump’s lawyers receive a letter from federal investigators asking them to further secure the room where the documents are kept. In response, Trump aides locked up the Mar-a-Lago basement room.
8 August 2022
The FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, marking a major increase in the investigation of classified documents. The search was focused on the area of the resort where Trump’s offices and private quarters are located. Federal agents remove boxes of contents from property. It was the first time in US history that a former president’s home was searched as part of a criminal investigation.