The White House declined to comment on former President Donald Trump’s indictment on Tuesday, referring questions to the Department of Justice.
“We would refer you to the Justice Department, which conducts its criminal investigations independently,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said.
The White House learned of Trump’s indictment through media reports, a White House official said, as was the case with past indictments.
President Joe Biden was at a movie theater in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, watching Oppenheimer when the grand jury handed up the indictment.
The president and first lady arrived at the cinema, Movies at Midway, around 6:30 p.m. ET following dinner at a fish restaurant nearby. Biden is on vacation this week in Rehoboth, and said previously he was looking forward to watching the 3-hour biopic.
The White House has kept a consistent posture of not commenting on investigations and prosecutions in an effort to maintain the independence of the DOJ and avoid the appearance of any political interference.