Biden won’t answer questions about FBI Trump raid as Spox declines to comment 18 times

President Biden remained silent Tuesday on Monday’s unprecedented FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate – as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said refused to comment 18 times during his regular briefing.

Biden did not ask any questions at either of his public events, as his aides insist he had no prior knowledge of the office’s activities – while referring further questions to the Ministry of Justice.

“President Biden, what did the Attorney General do [Merrick] Garland told you about the Trump raid? shouted a Post reporter at the end of Biden’s second event of the day, where he signed documents in the East Room of the White House endorsing Finland and Sweden’s admission to NATO.

The Post then continued, “Do you approve of the Trump FBI raid, President Biden?”

Biden did not give a verbal response, although he smiled broadly during a photo with the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden after hearing the first inquiry.

Jean-Pierre also declined to address the raid in detail during his Tuesday briefing as reporters tried different approaches to their questions.

“It’s not at all something that I’m going to comment on today from here,” she said. “It goes to the Department of Justice and that’s where I’m referring you.”

But Jean-Pierre also claimed the White House “learned as did the American public” from the raid – without any information from the Justice Department, echoing what a White House official told reporters on Monday night .

President Biden declined to answer questions from The Post about the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
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The press secretary appeared to indicate that Biden was not briefed by Garland or other DOJ officials before or after the raid in Palm Beach, Fla., and claimed the president believed in the independence of the department .

But heads turned at the briefing when Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean Pierre, “Is this administration arming the Justice Department and the FBI against political opponents?”

Rather than giving a simple “no”, Jean-Pierre offered a longer answer saying: “The president believes in the rule of law. The President believes in the independence of the Department of Justice.

Another journalist, Sebastian Smith of AFP, questioned Jean-Pierre on Republican accusations of political bias in the FBI.

“East [Biden] confident that he has a plan to respond to the way many Americans – maybe even a very large number of Americans – are informed and may now believe that Donald Trump is being persecuted, that the Deep State is getting away with it takes to you, that the IRS and the FBI and corrupt? Smith asked.

Secret Service agents outside an entrance to Mar-a-Lago after the FBI raid on August 8, 2022.
Secret Service agents outside an entrance to Mar-a-Lago after the FBI raid on August 8, 2022.
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“It’s really raw, apparently. by a lot of people. He’s the leader of the whole country, as he often says, does he have control over that?

Jean Pierre replied: “Your question still asks me to comment on what is going on… I will stick to what I said… This is a criminal investigation independent of the DOJ and we leave any investigation, any questions about what is happening to the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice is the FBI’s parent agency and is headed by Garland, a former judge whom former President Barack Obama appointed to the Supreme Court. When Trump won the 2016 election in a shocking upset, he killed Garland’s nomination,

Federal authorities have said very little about the FBI raid, which is believed to be linked to more than a dozen boxes of documents Trump brought to his Palm Beach home after leaving office.

It’s unclear whether the FBI is investigating Trump for potentially committing a crime and authorities were reportedly in contact with Trump’s legal team regarding potential classified information in his papers prior to the raid.

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Trump called the raid on his home a “witch hunt.”
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Trump and his Republican allies — and even some Democrats, like the former governor. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang — expressed concern over the raid on Trump, who is the GOP frontrunner for president before 2024.

Trump said the raid is a continuation of the FBI’s “witch hunt” to find out if he colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Trump’s former White House budget director Russ Vought has called for abolition from the FBI after the raid.

“If the cry of 2016 was ‘lock her up’, the cry of 2024 must be ‘break ’em. We are done with a deep state that is armed against the American people,” vought wrote.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has promised House Republicans will investigate the conduct of the FBI if they return to power, as polls suggest it will likely be the next year.

Presidents have the unilateral ability to decide to declassify information, but critics say Trump’s retention of records may violate the Presidential Records Act. This law states that offenders may never again hold public office, although the provision may be unconstitutional due to Supreme Court rulings that only the Constitution and not the law can list requirements for elected federal office.

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