Biden says he had 'zero' advance notice of FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate
12:00, Saturday, 27 August, 2022
President Joe Biden said he had “zero” advance notice before federal agents executed a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month, his first public comments on the search.
What he said: “I didn’t have any advanced notice – none, zero, not one single bit,” Biden said Wednesday after making remarks on a newly announced student loan debt relief plan. What the White House previously said: The day after the Mar-a-Lago search, the White House said that Justice Department investigations should be "free from political influence" and that no one at the White House was given a "heads-up." "The Justice Department conducts investigations independently, and we leave any law enforcement matters to them," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Aug. 9. She said Biden "was not briefed, was not aware of it."
Some Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for the search, accusing the FBI of being “politically motivated.”