Due to a purported lack of physical evidence, the White House Secret Service has formally closed its investigation into the cocaine that was found at the official residence of President Joe Biden and his family.
The cocaine was first discovered in the West Wing on July 2, prompting an 11-day investigation into its origins. Despite failing to identify a single suspect, the secret service claims it closed the investigation “due to a lack of physical evidence” after FBI forensic testing of the cocaine baggie revealed no fingerprints or DNA.
“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 Secret Service said in a statement.
Authorities also revealed that the drugs were first discovered in a “receptacle used to temporarily store electronic and personal devices prior to entering the West Wing.”
Former Secret Service agent Bobby McDonald explained in an interview with TMZ that the decision to end the investigation likely stemmed from a lack of security cameras in the area where the drugs were found.
Continuing, McDonald said that although the Secret Service likely narrowed down a list of culprits based on who was in the area at the suspected time frame, with no concrete evidence, the case had to be closed.
The decision to close the investigation reportedly enraged Republicans, who are demanding “answers about how an illegal drug got into one of the most secure buildings in the world,” New York Post reports.
Calling the conclusion to the investigation “bogus” and a “complete failure,” Tennessee Congressman Tim Burchett allegedly stormed out of a briefing on the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, July 13.
“They know who goes in the White House,” he said. “They have facial identification, they have — y’all know you can’t go in there without giving your Social Security number anyway, and to say that it’s just some weekend visitor, that’s bogus.” Adding that “nobody’s buying that at all.”
The surprising presence of the cocaine also stirred speculation about President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who has been open about a crack cocaine addiction in the past. Despite being present at the White House on July 4 for Independence Day celebrations, Hunter Biden was reportedly not there when the illegal drugs were found.
According to Newsweek, a White House pool reporter maintains that he saw Hunter Biden climbing into a presidential SUV on Friday, June 30, to accompany the president and his family for a weekend trip to Camp David.
Hunter Biden returned to Washington, DC, on Independence Day, with his wife, his son, Beau, the President, and first lady Jill Biden.