Teri gives an updated timeline of the stolen documents case:
"Trump makes off with government property: During the last days and hours of the Trump administration, the White House counsel’s office told Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that roughly two dozen boxes in the White House residence needed to be turned over to the archives, but at least some of those boxes, including documents marked highly classified, were shipped to Florida.
Phase 1: NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) tries to get the documents back
January 2021: NARA officials identified various high-profile items that Trump had not sent to their collection under the requirements of the Presidential Records Act.
May 2021: An NARA official contacted Trump’s team in an effort to retrieve the documents.
Fall 2021: After several months of conversations, the NARA grew frustrated with the slow pace of document turnover.
anuary 2022: Trump returned 15 boxes of documents. The boxes arrived at the National Archives without any kind of log or inventory and contained “a hodgepodge of documents” including some that didn’t even come from Trump’s time in the White House. The boxes included:
Over 100 documents with classification markings, comprising more than 700 pages, including the highest levels of classification up to the level of Top Secret, including Sensitive Compartmented Information, Special Access Program materials, and classified national security information.
“Sensitive signals intelligence — intercepted electronic communications such as emails and phone calls of foreign leaders.”
The archives identified items still missing, including some of Trump’s correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the map of Hurricane Dorian that Trump infamously altered with a sharpie pen.
“It could not be determined who was involved with packing the boxes at Mar-a-Lago or why some White House documents were not sent to the Archives,” though people familiar with the episode said Trump oversaw the process himself — and did so with great secrecy, declining to show some items even to top aides.
[If true this takes away Trump’s ability to blame someone else]
No date, but soon afterward: The NARA informed the DOJ about the discovery, which prompted the DOJ to ask President Biden to request that NARA provide the FBI with access to the boxes. [They were following protocols of the Presidential Records Act and the law governing executive privilege.]
Phase 2: Pre-Search Warrant Investigation
February 9: The NARA asked the DOJ to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records and whether he violated the Presidential Records Act and other laws related to classified information.
February 18: The NARA informs the Justice Department that some of the documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago included classified material.
February – March: As part of its investigation, the FBI interviewed several Archives officials about the returned classified documents and their interactions with Trump’s team.
April 7: The public learned there was an investigation when NARA publicly acknowledges that the Justice Department is involved.
April 11: The White House counsel’s office responded to the DOJ’s earlier request and allowed the FBI access to the boxes. [Responding to the earlier request]
April 12: The NARA informed Trump’s lawyers by email that the FBI would examine the sensitive documents that Trump had returned in February. In light of the “urgency,” they would allow the FBI access the week of April 18. Trump was allowed to have a representative also view the documents, but the person needed security clearance. Both Pat Philbin and John Eisenberg had the necessary clearance, but excused themselves: Neither had been involved in packing the boxes and neither knew what was in them. [Smart move to extract themselves]
After Philbin and Eisenberg were no longer involved, Trump was represented by Corcoran (a former assistant US attorney who was representing Steve Bannon in a separate criminal case.) Reportedly other lawyers had declined the job, and Trump hired Corcoran during a conference call without vetting.
Soon afterward: Philbin, was interviewed by FBI agents soon after (they considered him a witness) about how 15 boxes of material — some of it marked as classified — made their way to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (Mr. Cipollone was also interviewed at some point.)
Agents also interviewed others in Trump’s orbit, including valets and former White House staffers, who told agents that Trump was a pack rat who had been personally overseeing his collection of White House records since even before leaving Washington and had been reluctant to return anything.
Undated: In response to a request from Trump’s lawyers, NARA said it would delay disclosure of the documents to the FBI until April 29.
April 29: Corcoran wrote to the NARA asking to delay the disclosure of the documents to the FBI so he could review the materials in the boxes “in order to ascertain whether any specific document is subject to privilege,” and then consult with Trump “so that he may personally make any decision to assert a claim of constitutionally based privilege.” In the event he wasn’t given time to review the records, he wanted his letter to be considered “a protective assertion of executive privilege made by counsel for the former President.”
[Trump is trying to assert executive privilege even after being told by the courts that he doesn’t have that right. In fact, Corcoran made the same arguments that Trump had made in court and lost.]"