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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Sunday sought to debunk allegations by means of Republicans that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid on former President Donald Trump’s private place of abode simply months out from the midterm elections was once politically motivated.
During an look on ABC’s “This Week,” Jean-Pierre was once requested to answer feedback Friday by means of Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who identified that Trump is Biden’s possibly opponent within the 2024 presidential election and that the raid of Mar-a-Lago got here fewer than 100 days earlier than the the most important 2022 midterms.
“The FBI raid of President Trump is a complete abuse and overreach of its authority,” Stefanik stated in a clip performed for Jean-Pierre.
“So, just to comment on what I just heard, this is not true,” Jean-Pierre answered. “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. That is not true at all.
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“And I would remind our folks on the other side that the FBI director was appointed by the president’s predecessor,” Jean-Pierre persisted. “I would remind the folks on the other side that when [Attorney General] Merrick Garland was indeed confirmed, it was a bipartisan fashion. So, again, this is not what this is about. We do not interfere. We do not get briefed. The Department of Justice, again, when it comes to law enforcement matters, it is independent, complete independence. And I’m just not going to comment on that. None of us will, because we’re going to let Merrick Garland speak for himself.”
For the primary time in U.S. historical past, the FBI achieved a seek warrant on the house of a former president on Monday — Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, the place they discovered bins that contained various levels of classification, together with most sensible secret and confidential data.
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The seek warrant, unsealed by means of a pass judgement on days later, confirmed the FBI seek was once hooked up to a conceivable violation of the Espionage Act.
The former president is disputing the classification, announcing the information had been declassified.
Jean-Pierre instructed ABC’s Jonathan Karl that the White House is finding out in regards to the traits of the raid in actual time similar to the remainder of the rustic.
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“We have learned about all of this the same way the American people have learned about this, through public reports, through you, your reporting and every other reporter who has talked about this,” she stated. “That’s how we have learned about what is happening.”
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this record.