Photos have emerged revealing a bag of cocaine found in a phone locker at President Joe Biden's White House this summer. The discovery, made on July 2, prompted an evacuation of the West Wing and a subsequent 11-day investigation. The Secret Service included images of the white powder in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. While the investigation was closed due to a lack of evidence, documents obtained by DailyMail.com indicate the involvement of Deputy Director of the FBI Paul Abbate. The list of suspects had been narrowed down, but no conclusive evidence was found.
The substance was initially tested positive for opioids and amphetamines by D.C. fire's Hazmat team, but the Secret Service's first tests were inconclusive. The FBI later became involved and their evaluation confirmed the substance as cocaine. However, fingerprint or DNA evidence retrieved from the bag provided no leads. The cocaine was subsequently sent for destruction. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed questions about the incident, emphasizing that the Biden family was not at the White House at the time and criticizing what she called "irresponsible reporting."
Speculation arose about the source of the cocaine, with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan suggesting that a construction worker may have brought it into the White House. The incident raised concerns about security measures and surveillance cameras in the locker area. While the Secret Service closed the investigation, questions remain regarding the ownership and responsibility for placing the illicit substance in the White House. The incident has stirred controversy and added to the challenges faced by the Biden administration.