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White House says Biden did not give advance notice of Mar-a-Lago search

According to the White House, Mr. Biden did not give advance notice of the Mar-a-Lago search.

According to spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, the president learned of the FBI raid through public reports.

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I searched real estate. A person familiar with the matter told POLITICO about the handling of presidential records. | | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The White House received no briefing or advance notice of the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Florida home. spokeswoman Carine Jean-Pierre told reporters. Tuesday.

"The president wasn't briefed and didn't know. No. No one in the White House was given a heads-up," said Jean-Pierre.

Biden learned of Monday's raids through public reports, a spokesperson said. "Like Americans, we learned about this," she said.

Jean-Pierre declined further comment from the president under investigation, who reiterated the independence of the Justice Department. She also underscored the president's previous comments about his commitment to the "rule of law."

Biden himself has yet to comment on the search.

The FBI raided Trump's Florida estate on Monday as part of an investigation into its handling of presidential records, people familiar with the matter told POLITICO. The National Archives and Records Administration said in February that he searched Mar-a-Lago for records containing classified information that he said had been improperly deleted.

The execution of the search warrant was an unprecedented public demonstration of law enforcement action against the former president.

"Having worked with relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate," Trump said in a statement Monday confirming the search.

House Democrats hail the search as a step toward accountability for the former president. . Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Monday that he would "reserve comment until we have more information."

Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence and all of Florida's top Republican politicians, say the Trump world is politically He denounced the investigation because he was trying to capitalize it. Searched for.

House Republicans have also condemned his FBI actions. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged Monday[87] to investigate the Justice Department[88] if his party wins back the House majority in his November election.[88]

"Keep your documents and keep your schedule open," McCarthy said in a statement to Attorney General Merrick Garland.