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White House says Biden was not briefed on Mar-A-Lago FBI raid: 'We do not interfere'

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  • White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Sunday said that Biden was not briefed about the FBI raid.
  • Jean-Pierre told ABC's This Week that the White House learned about the investigation the same way as the public.
  • She declined to comment on the investigation, stating that the DOJ is independent. 

White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre on Sunday said that the White House was not briefed about the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's property in Mar-a-Lago or the status of the ongoing investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. 

"We do not interfere. We do not get briefed. We do not get involved," Jean-Pierre told Jonathan Karl on ABC's "This Week."

She added: "We have learned about all of this the same way the American people have learned about this, through public reports, through your reporting, and every other reporter who has talked about this, that is how we learned about what is happening." 


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Jean-Pierre also responded to claims that the DOJ investigation of Trump is political by stating that the department acts on its own. 

"The Department of Justice, when it comes to law enforcement, is independent this is what we believe, and this is what the president has said, this is not about politicizing anything."

Jean-Pierre continued by reminding Karl that the FBI director was not appointed by Biden and that Attorney General Merrick Garland was confirmed in a bi-partisan fashion.

She declined to comment on the investigation, further stating that the DOJ is independent. 

"We do not interfere, we do not get briefed, the Department of Justice, when it comes to law enforcement matters, it is independent, complete independence, and I'm just not going to comment on that, non of us will because we're going to let Merrick Garland speak for himself," Jean-Pierre told Karl.

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