The Secret Service is carrying out fingerprint and DNA analysis of a bag of cocaine found at the White House to track down its owner.
It comes after the Biden family showed a united front on the Truman balcony for Independence day inviting recovering drug addict Hunter Biden and the rest of the clan to enjoy a dazzling fireworks display.
President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, a recovering cocaine addict, were both at Camp David at the time.
The Secret Service is carrying out fingerprint and DNA analysis of a bag of cocaine found at the White House to track down its owner – after the Biden family showed a united front July 4 with recovering drug addict Hunter Biden in attendance
HAZMAT crew gather behind the gates of the White House outside the entrance to the West Wing on Sunday evening during a brief evacuated following discovery of cocaine
On Wednesday, a source told CNN that the Secret Service is doing ‘everything possible’ to try and identify who brought the drug in.
The Secret Service is going through visitor logs, surveillance video and relying on the analysis of the bag to try to advance their investigation, the official explained.
The analysis could take several weeks.
On Wednesday, Biden laughed and again ignored questions about the cocaine found at the White House, as the administration tried to distance the first family and staff from the shocking discovery by suggesting it was a visitor.
Biden sat and watched reporters as they tried and failed to get his response to the drug scandal while he was in the Oval Office with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre implied in her daily briefing that a member of the public left the Schedule A substance in a ‘heavily-traveled area’ of the West Wing – the office space that includes the Oval Office and an area for staff.
Despite repeated questions, she refused to get into ‘hypotheticals’ about the investigation and insisted the Secret Service would find the culprit.
President Joe Biden didn’t acknowledge questions on the cocaine found at the White House
The cocaine was found in a cubby hole in the lobby of the West Wing Pictured: The West Wing Lobby of the White House
Jean-Pierre said Biden had been briefed on the matter, but the president didn’t acknowledge questions shouted at him during the meeting with Kristersson.
He also didn’t answer questions about it on Tuesday.
The substance was found during a routine Secret Service sweep on Sunday evening and tested positive as a drug.
Jean-Pierre noted the lobby sees a lot of foot traffic on any given day.
The West Wing is the activity center for the White House. Not only do West Wing tours go through the area, but any officials who have appointments with senior White House staff or the president check in at the lobby.
‘This is a heavily, heavily trafficked – heavily traveled to be more accurate – area of the campus of the White House. And it is where visitors to the West Wing come,’ Jean-Pierre said. ‘I just don’t have anything else – I’m not going to speculate on who it was.’
She also pointed out West Wing tours – which can be conducted by staff – were conducted over the weekend, including Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
And she said the White House was not involved in the investigation, expressing confidence that the Secret Service would get the job done.
‘We have confidence that the Secret Service is going to get to the bottom of this,’ she said.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre implied the cocaine was brought into the White House by a member of the public
It still remains unclear who the owner of the bag of cocaine is but it was discovered at the White House while President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were both at Camp David
Administration officials are able to offer tours of parts of the West Wing to friends and family members.
People who are not members of staff must leave electronics and other belongings in the cubbies before taking a tour.
The discovery of the substance on Sunday led to a brief closure of the White House complex.
The Bidens, along with their son Hunter and various grandchildren, spent the holiday weekend at Camp David, returning to Washington DC on Tuesday for a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn.
The controversy proved a shadow on the holiday as questions remain about how the substance entered the White House and who may have brought it.
The West Wing area includes the Oval Office, offices for the president’s executive staff, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room and the press briefing room where dozens of members of the White House press corps gather for work every day.