Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has obtained 112 pages of Secret Service records related to the discovery of cocaine inside the Biden White House.
The records, received through a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, reveal detailed information about the incident, which occurred in July 2023 in the West Wing of the White House.
Key Details from the Records
- – The records describe the discovery of a white powdery substance, later confirmed as cocaine, in a West Wing phone locker on July 2, 2023. The cocaine was discovered while the Biden family was at Camp David for the Fourth of July weekend, but after Hunter Biden had been in the area.
- – DHS withheld 34 pages in full, citing the “foreseeable harm” standard and/or the Privacy Act. This suggests that the disclosure of these pages could harm interests protected by legal exemptions.
- – The documents include investigative photos, a Secret Service crime scene examination report, and emails regarding the incident. The cocaine was found near the West Executive entrance of the White House.
- – An incident report details the involvement of the Secret Service Crime Scene Search Unit, the DC Hazmat team, and the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in handling the substance, initially undetermined.
- – The investigation, lasting 12 days, revealed the substance as a mixture of cocaine and sodium bicarbonate. However, DNA tests did not identify the individual responsible for the cocaine’s presence in the White House. A July 10 email indicates that no identifiable prints were found on the bag.
- – A July 3 email from a person in the Technical Security Division whose name is redacted states: Starting time Approx 1745 [5:45 p.m.] UD [Uniform Division] advised of a small ziploc bag approximately less than 1″ in by 1″ in the cell phone lockers by [redacted] was confident it was drug related thus the phone call to UD CRIME SCENE.”
- – The report states that on July 14, the cocaine was logged for destruction.
- An email from the division mentions the initial discovery and assessment of the substance.
- A report from the U.S. Secret Service Foreign Missions Branch confirms the identification of the substance as cocaine by the FBI laboratory.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, criticized the Biden administration for its handling of the situation. Fitton expressed skepticism about the administration’s inability to determine the individual responsible for bringing cocaine into the West Wing, highlighting the lack of detailed documentation on the investigation’s progress.
The newly released documents raise questions about security and conduct within the White House. The lack of identification of the responsible individual and the incomplete documentation of the investigation suggest potential gaps in internal security protocols or a coverup.
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The summary and documents can be found at JudicialWatch.org.