FBI Trump Raid: Timeline of Events That Led to Search of Mar-a-Lago

Earlier this week, FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, but there were several previous incidents that ultimately led to the search.

The raid this week was in connection to a federal investigation into the possibility that the former president allegedly took documents and other classified records to his Palm Beach, Florida, residence after his presidency. The documents and records belonged to the National Archives.

Below is a timeline of events that eventually led to the FBI's raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

January 2022:

After Trump left office in January 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued a statement saying it had received some of Trump's presidential records, however some "had been torn up by" Trump.

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Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida was recently raided by FBI agents. Above, Trump's residence in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida on August 9. GIORGIO VIERA/AFP/Getty

"As has been reported in the press since 2018, White House records management officials during the Trump Administration recovered and taped together some of the torn-up records. These were turned over to the National Archives at the end of the Trump Administration, along with a number of torn-up records that had not been reconstructed by the White House," the statement said, adding that under the Presidential Records Act, all records from a president's time in office must be turned over to the National Archives at the end of the term.

February 2022:

On February 8, NARA issued a statement confirming that it had received "15 boxes that contained Presidential records," that were previously located at the Mar-a-Lago residence. However, in a letter sent to Representative Carolyn Maloney, the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the National Archives confirmed that some of the documents received from Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence contained classified information.

"NARA has identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes," the letter sent to Maloney said.

A few weeks later on February 24, Maloney sent another letter to the NARA requesting a "detailed description of the contents of the boxes recovered from Mar-a-Lago, including any inventory prepared by NARA of the contents of the boxes, and identification of any items that are classified and the level of classification including, if necessary, a classified index," by March 10.

April 2022:

In April, The New York Times reported that the National Archives were instructed by the Department of Justice to end its sharing of documents with the House Oversight Committee.

CNN also reported that several of Trump's former aides were interviewed by FBI agents for the former president's handling of classified documents.

June 2022:

Several investigators with the Justice Department reportedly met with Trump's attorneys in June where a grand jury subpoena was served for some documents at the Mar-a-Lago residence, according to CNN.

August 2022:

On August 8, FBI agents searched the Mar-a-Lago residence prompting the former president to issue a statement which said, "These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before."

"They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States," Trump's statement added.

A few days after the raid, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference where he announced that he personally approved the search warrant for Trump's residence and added that he has filed a motion to unseal the warrant.

"The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former president's public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter," Garland said.

Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported that FBI agents were searching for possible nuclear documents at Trump's residence.

In a statement posted on his social media site Truth Social, Trump disputed the reports and said, "Nuclear weapons issues is a hoax."

Newsweek reached out to the former president's spokesperson for comment.