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Mar-a-Lago raid not political, White House press secretary says

Republicans have claimed that the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence was politically motivated. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has rejected that claim.

Jean-Pierre declined to comment on Karl's question about whether President Joe Biden is concerned about national security as a result of Trump's handling of official records.

“I cannot comment on this. It is an investigation that is currently happening… It would be inappropriate for me as a press secretary to comment on this,” she said.

"We cannot discuss this publicly, including the president or anyone in the administration. Law enforcement is involved in this case. She added that the Department of Justice is going to proceed as it sees fit.

In comments aimed at Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who called the search “a complete abuse and overreach of its authority,” Jean-Pierre told ABC News’ “This Week” co-host Jonathan Karl on Aug. 14, “This is not about politicizing anything.”

“Merrick Garland would not be the president’s lawyer. He would not be the vice president’s lawyer. This is about the American people and doing what is right for the American people,” she said.

15 August 2022


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