The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) announced Thursday that it had concluded its investigation into the cocaine found at the White House and was unable to identify a suspect.
The “dime bag” was found inside a vestibule leading to the lobby area of the West Executive Avenue entrance to the White House on July 2.
The drug had been placed inside a receptacle or “cubby” used to temporarily store electronic and personal devices prior to entering the West Wing, the Secret Service said in a statement.
Following the discovery, the packaging was sent to the FBI’s crime laboratory for “advanced fingerprint and DNA analysis,” according to the USSS statement.
While awaiting the FBl’s results, the Secret Service reviewed White House security systems and protocols, including a “backwards examination that spanned several days prior to the discovery of the substance and developed an index of several hundred individuals who may have accessed the area where the substance was found.”
As a result of these actions, the Secret Service said it was able to develop a pool of known persons to compare with the FBI’s forensic evidence. Unfortunately, according to the statement, the FBI’s “advanced fingerprint and DNA analysis” failed to produce any forensic evidence.
The FBI lab results, received by the Secret Service on July 12, said the analysis “did not develop latent fingerprints and insufficient DNA was present for investigative comparisons,” according to the statement. “Therefore, the Secret Service is not able to compare evidence against the known pool of individuals.”
The FBl’s evaluation of the substance was able to confirm that it was cocaine.
Secret Service investigators were also unable pinpoint exactly when the the baggie was left inside the West Wing cubby because there was “no surveillance video footage found that provided investigative leads or any other means for investigators to identify who may have deposited the found substance in this area,” according to the statement.
“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 USSS said. “At this time, the Secret Service’s investigation is closed due to a lack of physical evidence.”
The USSS briefed members of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee on the case Thursday morning. Following the briefing, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) told reporters that the Secret Service informed members that it had narrowed its list of suspects down to 500 people. Greene said she asked Secret Service if they would drug test those individuals and she said their answer was no.
“But they are ending the investigation tomorrow without administering drug tests to these individuals. A total failure,” MTG wrote on Twitter. “The American people deserve to know who smuggled illegal narcotics into the White House!”
The Secret Service has narrowed down 500 people as the potential source of cocaine in the White House.
But they are ending the investigation tomorrow without administering drug tests to these individuals. A total failure.
The American people deserve to know who smuggled illegal… pic.twitter.com/I9tP4LkLyH
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) July 13, 2023
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said the list of suspects allegedly includes a mixture of staffers and others on a tour but the Secret Service would not provide specifics.
She also said the cocaine was found in locker number 50 and the key to that locker is missing.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) said the case was “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” Burchett told reporters that the bag contained less than a gram of cocaine.
“Y’all have all been to the White House. You give your Social Security number, you get, I mean, I’m sure they have facial identification and everything else, and to say that they don’t know who it is, to me, somebody should lose their job over this, a lot of people,” he said.
He added, “Somebody walks in the White House, the most secure building in the United States of America – in the world, actually – and can place something in a locker. What if it was a biological entity? What if it was something that had an emergent that would, you know, would mature over a few days and it could – you know, it’s just a lot of questions.”
According to Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), the Secret Service was forced to get the White House visitor logs and other information from the Biden administration through the Presidential Records Act because the cubbie where the cocaine was found is under the jurisdiction of the Biden regime.
“Yeah, I would like answers,” Mace told reporters. “It just seems like anytime we have any questions about any unsavory activity around the Bidens, no one can provide an answer conclusively or not. Someone always ends up lying.”