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Biden WH Unaware of FBI Searching Mar-a-Lago Until Trump Announced It

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The Biden White House was unaware that the FBI was going to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago home until the former president announced it on social media

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to the press at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 22, 2018.
Former President Donald Trump speaks to the press at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 22, 2018. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images
  • The Biden White House was unaware that FBI agents were going to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, officials said.
  • The FBI executed a search warrant Monday at the resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump was in New York at the time.
  • In a statement, the former president accused the bureau of prosecutorial misconduct and suggested the search was politically motivated. 
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The Biden White House was unaware that the FBI was going to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, White House officials said.

On Monday, Trump said in a statement that FBI agents executed a search warrant on his home at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The search warrant comes as the National Archives asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law when he took classified government records with him to Mar-a-Lago.

It also comes as the former president is under scrutiny by the Justice Department over his efforts to overturn the 2020 US election.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before," the statement said. "After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate."

The former president went on in the statement to accuse the bureau of prosecutorial misconduct and suggested the search was part of a politically motivated plot to stop him from running for president in 2024.

A senior White House official told CBS News' Ed O'Keefe that the Biden administration wasn't made aware of the search warrant until Trump released his statement about it.

"No advance knowledge," the official said. "Some learned from old media, some from social media."

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