On Thursday, the Secret Service revealed the conclusion of its inquiry into the cocaine discovered at the White House. They were unable to isolate a specific individual involved due to insufficient material proof.
The agency, having briefed Congress, stated that the drug was detected on July 2 within a holding area for personal and electronic items before gaining access to the West Wing.
The probe’s focus was to uncover the path the substance took to get into the White House, necessitating a careful study of safety systems and procedures.
A backwards-facing investigation was conducted, focusing on several days prior to the discovery, and identifying hundreds of individuals who might have been in the area where the substance was found. This allowed investigators to establish a group of known persons to compare forensic evidence obtained from the FBI’s analysis of the packaging of the substance.
Despite receiving the FBI’s lab findings on Wednesday, the effort was hampered by the lack of latent fingerprints and insufficient DNA for investigative cross-referencing.
The Secret Service confirmed it was unable to cross-check evidence against the known group of individuals. Moreover, the FBI’s assessment of the substance reinforced the initial suspicion that it was indeed cocaine.
No surveillance footage was available that might offer investigative leads or alternative methods to identify who deposited the substance. The investigation, therefore, was unable to identify a suspect from the hundreds of individuals who visited the place where the cocaine was discovered.
The Secret Service concluded the investigation at this point due to a lack of tangible evidence.
Before the Secret Service’s disclosure, an inside source revealed to Fox News Digital that the agency planned to wrap up the investigation without identifying the cocaine’s owner. The source stated the officials were still in the dark about who brought the drug into the White House.
The Secret Service admitted to members that less than a gram of cocaine was found, confirmed Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., after the briefing.
During the briefing, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., asked about the security measures at the lockers where the cocaine was discovered. She shared that the Secret Service confirmed the locker key was missing.
Boebert was informed there are no locker logs or video surveillance. They only conducted background checks on the individuals who were present that weekend but the investigation did not flag any individual. Boebert recommended drug testing for all staffers present at the White House that weekend.
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., told Fox News Digital that she doesn’t necessarily believe that the cocaine belongs to a member of the Biden family.
The location of the cocaine discovery had initially been a subject of conflicting reports, but it was finally confirmed that it was found near the West Executive entrance, a more secure location than initially reported.
The incident occurred while President Biden and his family were at Camp David. Several of Biden’s Republican critics insinuated that the administration showed a lack of interest in identifying the culprit.