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President Joe Biden speaks as Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona looks on after Biden announced a federal student loan relief plan in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks as Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona looks on after Biden announced a federal student loan relief plan in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. (Bonnie Cash/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he had no prior knowledge of the FBI search at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

“I didn’t have any advance notice,” Biden said at the White House following an event to announce student loan relief. “None, zero, not one single bit.”

The remarks were the first time Biden has personally commented on the unprecedented effort by federal law enforcement to recover classified documents being held by the former president, though other White House officials had previously said he did not know about the Aug. 8 search before it was reported in the media.

Some Republicans have suggested that the effort was politically motivated by Biden, who Trump has hinted he plans to challenge in the 2024 presidential election.

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