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White House tight-lipped on FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home

(CNN)The White House on Tuesday gave few answers to questions about the FBI's search for former President Donald Trump's Mara. Rejected. Instead, he emphasized President Joe Biden's belief in the independence of the Justice Department.

White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said at Tuesday's briefing that Biden had not been briefed ahead of the search in Maralago, and that Biden had not been briefed on other White House officials. House, who said there were no officials, was informed of the operation in advance.

"No, the president wasn't briefed. He wasn't aware of it. No one in the White House was warned," Jean-Pierre told reporters. rice field. Americans did.

Biden and White House officials said the FBI had executed a search warrant at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to Jean-Pierre. , he learned from public reports when the news broke on Monday. Three of his people familiar with the situation told his CNN that the raid was part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents.

The search began early Monday morning and focused on Trump's offices and private quarters, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that the Justice Department is conducting its own investigation and the White House is leaving law enforcement matters to them. She did not disclose whether she knew whether the secretary personally authorized the search.

Biden believes in the rule of law and the independence of the Justice Department's investigation, Jean-Pierre said.

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