(HorizonPost.com) – Last Thursday, the Secret Service announced that it did not have sufficient evidence to determine who brought a baggie of cocaine into the White House, NBC News reported.
According to a statement, the Secret Service received the results of the tests conducted by the FBI. No latent fingerprints were found on the baggie and the DNA was “insufficient” for “investigative comparisons.” A review of the surveillance footage produced no “investigative leads,” the Secret Service said.
Without the necessary physical evidence, the investigation would be unable to “single out a person of interest” among the hundreds of individuals who “passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered,” the statement said.
A source familiar with the Secret Service’s investigation told NBC News that the most likely theory is that the cocaine belonged to one of the hundreds of people who visited the White House over the July 4 holiday weekend.
The House Oversight and Homeland Security Committees were briefed by the Secret Service Thursday morning in response to a letter Oversight Committee Chair James Comer sent to Director Kimberly Cheatle.
In his letter, Comer described the presence of an illegal drug in the White House as “unacceptable” and “a shameful moment in White House history.”
While appearing on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend, National Security spokesman John Kirby was challenged by host Shannon Bream over the failure to find the responsible party and the broader national security implications of an unknown substance making its way into the White House undetected.
Kirby told Bream that he couldn’t “speak to” the Secret Service’s investigation, but said the agency “did the best they could to track down” the individual who brought the cocaine into the White House.
Arguing that the cocaine was found in a “highly trafficked area,” Kirby admitted that this is not the sort of thing the White House wants to see happen, and said that if there is anything the White House can do to “prevent that in the future,” then “we certainly will do that.”
“Nobody is happy about this,” Kirby added.
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