The first photos of the cocaine found at the White House in July have been released.
Photographs of cocaine discovered in a phone compartment at the White House of President Joe Biden this summer were made public for the first time by DailyMail.com.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Secret Service provided visual documentation of the white powder bag discovered in a cubbyhole utilized for stowing personal possessions in close proximity to the West Executive entrance of the White House.
Cocaine was discovered during the Biden family’s weekend getaway at Camp David, which included son Hunter, on Sunday, July 2, prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
Aside from the street closures and evacuation of the West Wing that surrounded the White House, the identification of the substance as the illicit narcotic prompted an eleven-day investigation.
Additionally, documents obtained by DailyMail.com indicate that the Deputy Director of the FBI was implicated in the investigation that sparked a scandal surrounding the Biden administration earlier this summer.
The White House grounds were evacuated over July 4th weekend due to the discovery of an “unknown item” by the U.S. Secret Service (USSS).
According to two officials familiar with the matter and an audio recording of a dispatch from a D.C. fire crew, a preliminary test had indicated that the white powder discovered was cocaine.
As a result of the discovery, an increased security alert was implemented, and the executive mansion was briefly evacuated. President Biden was not present in the White House at the time. Guglielmi mentioned that an investigation is underway to determine the cause and manner of the substance’s entry into the White House.
The Secret Service announced in mid-July that it has concluded its investigation into the discovery of a baggie of cocaine at the White House.
The agency explained that the case has been closed due to a combination of factors, including a lack of sufficient forensic evidence and the large number of individuals who passed through the area during the time frame in question.
The investigation was purportedly hindered by the fact that the cocaine found amounted to a mere 0.007 ounces, which would only constitute a misdemeanor offense in the District of Columbia. According to the Daily Mail, the Secret Service deemed conducting interviews with the approximately 500 people who were in the vicinity at the time ‘impractical’ and an ‘inefficient use of public resources.’
Anthony Gugliemi, a spokesperson for the Secret Service, further stated that conducting such a vast number of interviews could potentially infringe on individuals’ civil rights. He also noted that without any physical evidence, obtaining a confession would likely be necessary for progressing the investigation. Gugliemi explained, “Yes, you could have a consensual interview. But we have no evidence to approach them.”
Chuck Rosenberg, a former US Attorney and acting administrator of the DEA under President Barack Obama, supported the Secret Service’s decision, noting that agencies must prioritize and make judgments regarding which cases to investigate based on available resources.
Rosenberg remarked, “They could have done the interviews, but at the end of the day it’s a long walk through dry sand. They have finite resources and it’s OK for them to decide some things are worth their time and some things are not worth their time.”
The discovery of cocaine at the White House generated criticism and questions from Republicans, who received a closed briefing on the investigation’s results. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy expressed his concerns, stating, “There is no equal justice. Anything revolving around ‘Biden, Inc.’ gets treated differently than any other American, and that’s got to stop.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump shared his skepticism on his Truth Social platform, writing, “Despite all of the cameras pointing directly at the ‘scene of the crime’ and the greatest forensics anywhere in the World, they just can’t figure it out? They know the answer, and so does everyone else!”
Republican primary opponent Nikki Haley also weighed in on the investigation, alleging a cover-up without providing any evidence to support her claim. Haley stated, “I strongly believe this is a cover-up. For either Hunter [Biden], or someone very close to the President, and they don’t want to say who it is.”
“I know the area where the locker is. People don’t just go in and out of there. It is either the president, the vice president, cabinet members, or deputy directors. Nobody else is going in there,” Haley added.
She further questioned the accessibility of the area where the drugs were found, suggesting that only high-ranking officials would have access. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized President Joe Biden’s belief in the importance of the Secret Service thoroughly investigating how the drugs ended up in the White House.
The bag and its contents underwent forensic testing, including advanced fingerprint and DNA analysis at the FBI’s crime laboratory. Additionally, the FBI conducted chemical testing.
While Secret Service investigators compiled a list of several hundred individuals who may have accessed the area where the drugs were found, the absence of latent fingerprints or DNA made it ‘impossible’ to compare any evidence to the potential suspect pool.
Notably, White House staff members are fingerprinted, but participants in tour groups are not. The review of video footage from the West Executive street lobby entrance failed to identify any individuals or provide substantial leads, according to the Secret Service.