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Additional details continue to emerge regarding the events leading up to Monday’s FBI raid on former President Trump’s South Florida home.
On Monday night, FBI agents executed a search warrant for Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago as part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Trump retained classified government documents after leaving the White House in January 2021, sources told Fox News Digital.
Here are the events leading up to the FBI raid:
Trump leaves the White House shortly before President Biden is sworn in.
The former president takes with him an indeterminate number of boxes containing classified documents.
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End of 2021
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the agency charged with preserving the federal government’s records, is contacting Trump officials.
NARA officials inquire about missing potentially classified information.
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Shortly after the correspondence with NARA, Trump returns 15 missing boxes of classified documents from his tenure.
“NARA had ongoing communications with representatives of former President Trump throughout 2021, resulting in the transfer of 15 boxes to NARA in January 2022,” wrote David Ferriero, who served as NARA’s director of November 2009 to April, to the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., in response to a February inquiry.
He said the agency was inventorying the contents of the boxes as of February 18.
Ferriero added that NARA has instructed Trump’s representatives “to continue to seek any additional presidential records that have not been transferred to NARA as required by the Presidential Records Act” and that the agency has informed the DOJ since classified documents were identified in the boxes Trump handed over. .
Senior DOJ officials travel to Mar-a-Lago to meet with attorneys representing Trump regarding other missing documents. Jay Bratt, the head of the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control section is present.
Trump paused briefly during the negotiations to greet officials.
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Negotiations between DOJ investigators and Trump’s representatives break down due to an apparent lack of cooperation from Trump.
It is unclear exactly when the negotiations deteriorated.
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Early August 2022
This month, following failed negotiations between the DOJ and Trump, federal investigators decide to seek a search warrant to obtain classified government documents that the former president still possessed.
On August 5, prosecutors submit an affidavit requesting a search warrant. A federal magistrate judge from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida then approves the search warrant.
On August 8, FBI agents carried out the raid and obtained an unknown number of documents from Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago.