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The Secret Service is reportedly refusing to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the cocaine that was found in the White House just over a week ago.
According to Bloomberg Business investigative reporter Jason Leopold, the Secret Service informed him that disclosure of the requested information could potentially “interfere with enforcement proceedings.
Leopold shared a photo of the letter he had received, along with the caption, “NEW: In response to my #FOIA request, Secret Service says it cannot release any records about the cocaine found in the White House because it would interfere [with] enforcement proceedings.”
NEW: In response to my #FOIA request, Secret Service says it cannot release any records about the cocaine found in the White House because it would interfere enforcement proceedings. pic.twitter.com/28ErB3oWkL
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) July 11, 2023
“This is the final response to your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on July 10, 2023, for information pertaining to emails, text messages, photographs, memos, letters, directives, and intelligence bulletins and threat assessments, after action reports, suspicious activity reporting, open-source intelligence/social media monitoring reports, referencing the cocaine found in the West Wing of the White House,” the letter read.
“We regret to inform you that we cannot comply,” the letter continued, citing the “foreseeable harm” standard and arguing that any release of the requested information “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
The letter concluded by offering Leopold the chance to appeal their decision within 90 days.
Since the cocaine was found, questions have swirled about who might have brought it into the White House. And while most legacy media outlets have attempted to steer the conversation away from President Joe Biden’s embattled son Hunter — who has a history of drug abuse — there are a number who have suggested it would have been nearly impossible for anyone outside the family to have brought it in.
“There’s absolutely ZERO chance anyone other than a family member brought that cocaine inside the White House complex. No chance that would make it past the mag/security checkpoints. Family bypasses those,” former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino explained.
There’s absolutely ZERO chance anyone other than a family member brought that cocaine inside the White House complex. No chance that would make it past the mag/security checkpoints. Family bypasses those.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 5, 2023