Former federal investigators are skeptical of the Joe Biden administration’s handling of the recent cocaine discovery in the West Wing. They believe that the conclusion of the 11-day Secret Service probe, which failed to identify the individual responsible, appears to be a whitewash.
According to one ex-agent, “This is a cover-up. How can they say they have no leads? It is a restricted area and they have a log book, you don’t have to be Columbo to figure out who was there.” Another former federal investigator expressed outrage, questioning what the response would have been if it were anthrax instead of cocaine: “Would they have the same answer?”
The lack of progress in the investigation raises concerns among skeptics. “We have a tale of two countries,” stated another former fed. “They identified hundreds of people who were in the Capitol building on Jan. 6 after an extensive investigation, but they don’t know who left something in an 8 x 10 room in the White House?”
The Secret Service concluded its inquiry, stating that “a lack of physical evidence” prevented them from identifying a suspect. FBI forensic testing yielded no fingerprints or sufficient DNA evidence. The protective agency explained, “Without physical evidence, the investigation will not be able to single out a person of interest from the hundreds of individuals who passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered.”
The cocaine was found on July 2 by a Secret Service agent in a storage locker located in the basement entrance of the West Wing, just feet away from the Situation Room. Due to the sensitivity of the area, no cameras were focused there, making it impossible to capture footage of the individual depositing the substance into one of the vestibule’s 182 lockers.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, who received a briefing on the investigation’s findings, expressed frustration. Less than a gram of cocaine entered the building undetected, and approximately 500 potential suspects were identified. However, the Secret Service did not pursue any potential suspects in the drug probe. This led to criticism from congressional Republicans.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shared her disappointment, saying, “My question to them was, have they drug-tested this list of 500 potential suspects that brought an illegal substance, or drug, cocaine, into the White House? Their answer was ‘no’ and that they’re unwilling to do so.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voiced his concerns on Fox News, emphasizing the need for answers. He stated, “You can’t tell me in the White House, with 24/7 surveillance, in a cubby hole by the Situation Room that they don’t know who delivered it there. We should get an answer to the question. It just seems to me that in America today anything involving Biden Inc. gets treated differently than anything else, and that shouldn’t be the case.”
Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) echoed the sentiment, highlighting the discrepancy between the White House’s high-security measures and the lack of answers in this situation. She said, “Every time there’s something strange going on with President Biden or his family, or anything regarding his administration or the White House, no one can ever seem to find an answer. This is one of the most secure locations in the world, some of the best law enforcement officers in the world—and they don’t have any answers.”
The discovery of cocaine led to a brief evacuation on July 2, and a DC Fire and EMS hazmat team conducted tests for dangerous substances. An initial test confirmed the presence of cocaine, which was later verified by an FBI lab.
It is worth noting that President Biden had already left the White House for a weekend at Camp David two days before the discovery. His son, Hunter Biden, who has openly discussed his struggles with addiction in his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” was also present at Camp David. Hunter recently agreed to plead guilty to tax misdemeanors and is expected to enter a diversion program to avoid jail time, pending a judge’s approval.