White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday on MSNBC that “talking head panels” should focus less on the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and more on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act.
Klain was asked whether high coverage of the raid is a problem for the Biden administration as they try to show the public what they’ve done and what they’re working on ahead of the November midterms.
While the raid is important, Klain said, it distracts from the Biden administration’s successes.
“Look, I think that it’s understandable people have an interest in these things. But I also think that, you know, how much coverage it gets is a choice that cable executives make, not us here at the White House. I actually think fewer talking head panels about Mar-a-Lago and more explaining to people about how they can get the tax benefits in the Inflation Reduction Act, how they could get new appliances and new things for their home with rebates that bring down their costs, I think people are interested in that too. I wish there was more of that on cable TV,” Klain argued.
“Democrats are delivering and I think that is registering with the American people,” he went on to say. (RELATED: ‘Political Witch Hunt’: Mike Davis Alleges Biden Knew About The Mar-A-Lago Raid)
The chief of staff also claimed the White House is not at all involved in the raid and received no advance notice of the search warrant. Klain said the administration is focused on its duty to deliver to the American public and will let the Justice Department conduct itself independently.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he “personally approved” the raid while Biden has remained adamant he had no prior knowledge. A letter obtained by the Washington Times said Biden ordered the National Archives to share all materials they obtained from Trump with the Justice Department and FBI.
The FBI said it found 11 sets of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, including four sets of top secret material. Trump has disputed the findings, arguing the documents were “declassified” and in a “secure space.”