Attention continues to swirl around the FBI’s raid earlier this month on former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida.
Despite claims by critics that the search was politically motivated, President Joe Biden told reporters this week that he didn’t even know it was going to occur.
“Zero” advanced notice
According to Yahoo! News, Biden made made that assertion during an exchange on Wednesday that Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
Doocy: How much advance notice did you have of the FBI’s plan to search Mar-a-Lago?
Biden: None. Zero. pic.twitter.com/54ZqXmSibl
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 24, 2022
That denial fits with comments made on August 9 by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who insisted during a press conference that Biden only learned of the raid by watching the media.
“No one at the White House was given a heads-up,” Yahoo! News quoted Jean-Pierre as saying. “The president and the White House learned about this FBI search from public reports.”
“We learned just like the American public did yesterday, and we did not have advance notice of this activity,” the press secretary stressed.
However, such denials are unlikely to sway former President Trump; in a post to his Truth Social platform on Tuesday, Trump accused the White House of lying about its involvement.
“The White House stated strongly that they were NOT INVOLVED, and knew absolutely nothing about, the political Witch Hunt going on with me, & that they didn’t know anything at all about the Break-In of Mar-a-Lago. This was strongly reiterated again & again. WRONG!” he declared.
Federal judge rules
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Thursday that U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart has ruled that a redacted copy of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for Trump’s home must be made public by noon on Friday.
In explaining his decision, Reinhart pointed to “intense public and historical interest” surrounding the “unprecedented” raid of a former president’s private residence.”
While Reinhart rejected the Department of Justice’s request that the affidavit remained sealed, he said that he had approved its proposed redactions.