Despite being one of the most secure buildings in the world, the White House is claiming that the investigation into how cocaine was left inside the West Wing may never identify a suspect.
On Sunday, a Secret Service agent discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine while on patrol in the West Wing — prompting a brief evacuation of the White House. Laboratory testing later confirmed that the substance was cocaine.
Speaking with Politico, an unidentified official close to the investigation claimed that “it’s gonna be very difficult for us” to identify the individual who brought the cocaine into the White House “because of where it was” found.
“Even if there were surveillance cameras, unless you were waving it around, it may not have been caught,” the unnamed official explained. “It’s a bit of a thoroughfare. People walk by there all the time.”
However, the White House has repeatedly changed its story as to where the cocaine was found — prompting many on social media to declare a coverup was underway. First, reports indicated that the cocaine was found in the White House library on the ground floor — which was the location stated during the dispatch call about the discovery.
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) July 4, 2023
However, the Secret Service later claimed that the cocaine was discovered in a “work area of the West Wing.”
The story was once again revised by the mainstream media, who have reported that the cocaine was actually found in a locker area that both staff members and guests use to store their personal belongings during the initial security screening.
This revised story has since been used by the media and the White House to attack conservatives’ claims that the cocaine most likely belonged to President Joe Biden’s drug addict son, Hunter Biden. While conservatives argue that Hunter is the most likely culprit because of his crack addiction and the fact that he would not face any security screening that could detect the drugs, the left and their allies in the media argue that the cocaine could have belonged to a tourist — despite questions about why any person would put themselves at risk of arrest by bringing drugs into one of the most secure buildings in the world and then leaving them in a public location.
So let me get this straight…
The WH was evacuated & HazMat teams were dispatched to secure this bag of schedule 1 narcotics
You have a visitor log of everyone that entered
You have video footage
Possible fingerprints & DNA evidence on the bag
And its owner is a “unlikely to… pic.twitter.com/yXZgWxsKVl
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) July 5, 2023
Officials have also pointed to White House staff or members of Congress as possible suspects, with former U.S. Secret Service agent Don Mihalek telling ABC News that staff and lawmakers — along with “others who have that privilege” — often lead tours through the West Wing on weekends.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to comment on the matter, though she did confirm that there were tours held in the West Wing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
KJP: "You know, I don't have the specific on how late the staff-led tours go…There was one…Friday…Saturday…Sunday" pic.twitter.com/mpGGe5cqf9
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 5, 2023
The president and his son had left for Camp David prior to the discovery, leaving on Friday and returning to the White House on Tuesday.