Just hours after former President Donald Trump announced that he was being targeted by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) probe into the January 6 Capitol protests, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that the rule of law had been restored under President Joe Biden’s administration.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump announced that he had been told he must appear before a grand jury within four days in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s January 6 probe.
“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter, (again it was Sunday night) stating I am the TARGET of the January 6 Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always mean an Arrest and Indictment,” Trump wrote.
Numerous Republican lawmakers have spoken out against the “corrupt” and “unprecedented” potential indictment, with many pointing out that this is just the latest act of Biden’s weaponized and politicized federal agencies.
STAND WITH TRUMP!! STAND WITH TRUMP!! Democrats KNOW they can’t beat Trump in 2024, so they’ve weaponized the FBI YET AGAIN to try to take him down. These people will deeply regret this when Trump is BACK in the White House!!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) July 18, 2023
Speaking to reporters during Tuesday’s press conference, Jean-Pierre was asked what her thoughts were on the weaponization of government against Biden’s top rival in the 2024 presidential election — especially in the wake of Trump’s announcement.
“Former President Trump received a letter from the special counsel that he’s being investigated for his role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says the Biden administration has decided to ‘weaponize government to go after their number one opponent,’” a reporter began to ask.
Jean-Pierre interrupted the reporter before he was able to finish the question, giving a vague answer about “the rule of law” under Biden.
“Here’s what we have done,” she said. “The President respects the Department of Justice, their independence. He has been very, very steadfast on making sure that the rule of law comes back in this administration, comes back in the White House, and clearly the administration more broadly, and that’s what you have seen.”
“I’m just not going to comment on this particular case,” Jean-Pierre concluded.
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE on accusations Biden has weaponized the federal government against political opponents:
"The president respects the Department of Justice, their independence. He has been very steadfast on making sure that the rule of law comes back in this administration." pic.twitter.com/ql4gHnJIHo
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 18, 2023
Despite the press secretary’s claims, evidence has been mounting that Biden and members of his administration have directly interfered in the DOJ’s investigations — including whistleblower testimony alleging that Biden’s political appointees attempted to block charges against Hunter Biden.