Washington, DC – The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) confirmed on Wednesday that the white powder found in the West Wing of the White House on Sunday night tested positive, multiple times, for cocaine.
The bag of a white powdery substance was discovered just before 8:45 p.m. on July 2 and the White House was evacuated, WTOP reported.
The DC Fire Department’s HAZMAT team was called to the White House to investigate.
The fire department performed a rapid test on the powder and discovered it was actually a bag of the illegal narcotic cocaine, not Anthrax or another poisonous substance, WTOP reported.
They took the sample to a lab for further testing.
“The item was sent for further evaluation and an investigation into the cause and manner of how it entered the White House is pending,” a spokesman for the Secret Service said in a statement.
Initial reports said the cocaine had been found in the White House library, an area that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, frequents with his laptop.
The self-admitted drug addict and his parents were away at Camp David for the weekend when the discovery was made, FOX News reported.
Audio recordings of DC fire radio traffic showed that the HAZMAT team reported having found a substance containing cocaine in the White House Library.
Audio of Hazmat team finding cocaine at Biden's White House pic.twitter.com/DZAfp7jpZX
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Despite the recorded radio traffic, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later claimed that the cocaine was found in a “heavily-travelled area” of the West Wing that was accessible to lots of staff and even tour guides.
BREAKING: @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre says one thing the American people should know is that President @JoeBiden was not at the @whitehouse when cocaine was found here, refuses to discuss details, says all questions should be directed to the secret service, says it was found in… pic.twitter.com/gzVjLsSaXh
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) July 5, 2023
But Jean-Pierre wouldn’t comment on whether the White House wanted to see whomever brought the drugs in be prosecuted.
REPORTER: "If the Secret Service determines who brought the cocaine into the White House, does the White House support the prosecution of this individual?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "I'm just not gonna get into hypotheticals." pic.twitter.com/JXa5MdAu5J
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 5, 2023
Fox News is saying that the report that the cocaine was found in the library is incorrect and that the cocaine was found in the West Wing of the White House.
West Wing is the center of activity at the White House. The West Wing houses the President's Oval Office, the offices of…
— Wendy Patterson (@wendyp4545) July 5, 2023
Critics on social media quickly pointed to Hunter Biden as the likely culprit for having brought drugs in the White House and made lots of jokes about it.
BREAKING: The FBI is trying to figure out who left the cocaine in the White House. The mystery is not solved yet because it’s a tough nut to crack. pic.twitter.com/kOeg9gfh28
— I Meme Therefore I Am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) July 5, 2023
Newsmax host SAVAGES the Bidens after COCAINE found at the White House: “It wouldn't be a thumpin' July 4th weekend without Hunter ripping lines off of a bust of Teddy Roosevelt,” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Uxns4wP2CM
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 5, 2023
Corey Lewandowski: "The only individual who has a relative that has admitted to cocaine use, crack, soliciting prostitutes, having illegal firearms possession was at the White House hours before this cocaine was discovered." @CLewandowski_ @CSalcedoShow pic.twitter.com/WjrB6gs10c
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) July 5, 2023
But administration officials said that was impossible because Hunter Biden had left for Camp David on Friday with his parents, FOX News reported.