On Tuesday, the White House stated that President Joe Biden was unaware of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago residence.
“The president was not briefed, was not aware of it. No one from the White House was given a head’s up,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed during the daily briefing on Tuesday according to Breitbart News.
She reiterated that Biden only learned about the raid from public media reports “just like the American people.”
The spokesperson asserted that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department was “autonomous” from his administration, Jean-Pierre cited the president’s support for Garland’s leadership at the time of his appointment.
“I want to remind everyone of what Biden said when he nominated Merrick Garland: ‘We need to restore the honor, integrity, the independence of the Department of Justice that has been so badly damaged,’” she said.
When asked if she even knew if Garland “signed off” on the search of Trump’s house, Jean-Pierre continually declined to reply: “I’m not going to comment further from here,” she said, referring all questions about the criminal investigation of the former president to the Justice Department.
Jean-Pierre replied to questions about whether she believed Trump was a political rival of Biden, saying “I’m not going to speak to that from here.”
She also would not reveal whether or not Biden had spoken with Garland since the raid: “I’m just not going to speak further on any conversations,” she replied. “There’s no calls for me to preview.”
After giving a speech at a White House event on Tuesday afternoon, Biden likewise shrugged off inquiries from reporters regarding the raid.