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Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre expressed confidence in the Secret Service after the agency announced last week that no suspects were identified in the investigation into who brought cocaine into the White House earlier this month.
Jean-Pierre did not seem concerned when asked about the probe coming up empty after previously saying she was confident the Secret Service would “get to the bottom of it.”
“Look, we believe that the Secret Service did a thorough investigation. I’m certainly not going to opine on the investigation,” she said. “Of course we’re going to have confidence that they’re going to do their jobs and do everything that they can to get to the bottom of this.”
“But as you’ve just stated, we’ve been briefed on the outcome. And in their public statement, as well as the Secret Service have said there is a … there [were] hundreds of visitors that traveled through this area where the cocaine was found across that weekend,” she continued.
Last week, the Secret Service closed its investigation after it said that no usable fingerprints or DNA were found on the bag of cocaine.
“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 agency said in a statement.
No interviews with any of the possible culprits were conducted, according to Secret Service spokesman Anthony Gugliemi, who said reaching out to all 500 people determined to be in the area would likely be a waste of resources.
The cocaine was reportedly found in a West Wing cubby. One former Secret Service agent said it should be easy to narrow down when the cocaine was left in that location.
“Based on where the cocaine was found, I’m pretty confident that it was not there for a long period of time, based on the security measures, the sweeps of that area. So that gives the Secret Service some type of a time frame,” former agent Charles Marino told The Daily Wire.
Many lawmakers were unhappy with the result of the investigation, alleging that the agency was not honest with the American people.
“Another coverup,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) said after a briefing with the Secret Service. “You know, it’s the most secure building in the entire world. Nobody, not even the press, goes in there without them knowing.”
The discovery prompted widespread speculation that the cocaine could have belonged to Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s troubled son, who has battled drug addiction in the past and had recently been seen at the White House.