Former President Donald Trump has scoffed at White House revelations that an investigation into how cocaine was found in the West Wing was closed for ‘lack of evidence’.
Speaking at Turning Point Action in Florida on Saturday evening, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate poured cold water on the suggestion that there were no cameras that could have caught a criminal in possession of the drugs.
“The White House just announced the dropping of the investigation into the West Wing cocaine scandal a few days ago,” Trump began recounting the news.
‘Think about it, they’ve got cocaine going into the White House. They have more cameras than any building in the world. This is in contrast to the Situation Room. I know that very well,’ said Trump.
‘It is probably the most important room anywhere in the world. It is where war is decided, where nuclear decisions are made, where everything is decided. They said they don’t have a camera. Like hell they didn’t!’
Trump shared his skepticism with loyal Republicans listening to his Saturday night speech that the probe has now been dropped despite facial recognition cameras, guest-book logs and security across the Western world’s most secure buildings.
Former President Donald Trump mocked the White House’s revelation earlier this week that an investigation into how cocaine was found in the West Wing was closed due to a ‘lack of evidence’.
Angry Republicans say the Secret Service is closing the White House cocaine investigation without a suspect — and a narrow list of 500 people who may be responsible.
According to the Secret Service, there are no security cameras in the hallway that leads to the West Wing, the Oval Office and the hub of the most powerful man in the world.
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‘They say they don’t have the tape. It’s a big deal on cocaine. It could be another thing. It could be a dangerous weapon, a biological weapon. They finished it in just a couple of days,’ Trump said during his remarks from the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
Last week, in a rambling social media post, Trump suggested that the illegal substance actually belonged to the president’s addicted son Hunter.
The former president also suggested the drugs could belong to ‘crackhead’ Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents.
“Does anyone really believe that cocaine found in the West Wing of the White House so close to the Oval Office was for use by anyone other than Hunter and Joe Biden,” Trump said in his post about the incident.
He added: ‘But look, the fake news media will soon start saying that the amount found was ‘very small’ and that it wasn’t actually cocaine, but ordinary ground up aspirin, and the story will disappear.’
Trump said last week that the cocaine discovered in the White House belonged to the president and his son Hunter in a rambling post that also called special counsel Jack Smith a crackhead.
It seems that the mystery of who owned the cocaine discovered in the White House will remain unsolved. Photo: President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden and son Beau, three, watch fireworks from the White House Truman Balcony on July 4, 2023
‘It could be another thing. It could be a dangerous weapon, a biological weapon. They finished it in just a couple of days,’ Trump said during his remarks from the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
Outraged Republicans called the shuttering of the investigation “ridiculous” and accused the Biden administration of a “cover-up,” with agents unable to find any suspects despite more than a week of surveillance footage.
GOP Rep. Tim Burchett said the agents “just decided it was just some weekend inspector” and framed the entire investigation as “another coverup” by the Biden White House.
‘It’s fake,’ adds the Tennessee congressman. ‘It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.’
His comments came after the White House was forced to evacuate 11 days after the discovery of cocaine, after the Secret Service briefed members of Congress.
The list of suspects was narrowed down to 500. Democrats said drug testing all potential criminals would violate their ‘civil liberties’ and insisted the cocaine was found in an area used by guests, not members of the Biden family or those with security clearances. .
The Secret Service has been pouring over surveillance footage from cameras throughout the White House since July 2, but has yet to find a culprit.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden avoided the latest White House scandal by fleeing to Europe for meetings with foreign leaders.
Democrats said drug testing all potential criminals would infringe on their ‘civil liberties’ and insisted the cocaine was found in an area used by guests, not members of the Biden family or those with security clearances. Picture of Hunter Biden last month
GOP Rep. Tim Burchett said the agents ‘just decided it was just some weekend visitors … It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my life.’
According to the Secret Service, no fingerprints or other DNA were found on the cocaine container. And the ‘dime-sized’ zip-lock baggie contained less than a gram of the illegal drug (file photo).
According to the Secret Service, no fingerprints or other DNA were found on the cocaine container. And the ‘dime-sized’ zipper-lock baggie contained less than a gram of the drug.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said Secret Service officials told lawmakers during Thursday’s briefing that they had narrowed the list of suspected criminals to about 500 people.
“Did they drug test this list of 500 potential suspects who brought an illegal substance — the drug cocaine — into the White House,” Green told reporters after the briefing. ‘They didn’t have an answer, and they weren’t willing to.’
With almost two weeks to investigate the cocaine discovery without a direct answer from the USSS or the Biden administration, members of Congress demanded the briefing.
Trump-era CBP director and longtime FBI agent Mark Morgan told Newstimesuk.com last week that the case was “straightforward” and could be solved in 30 minutes.
Morgan and Rep. Burchett separately noted that there are cameras everywhere with facial recognition technology that could provide answers to who brought cocaine to the White House.
It is unlikely that Republican members of Congress will be happy to shut down the USSS investigation without finding out who is responsible for bringing illegal drugs into the West Wing.
“Walked out of the most ridiculous meeting ever with the Secret Service with cocaine found in the White House,” Rep. Burchett said in a recorded video of him walking through Congress after Thursday’s briefing.
‘It turns out – they don’t know who did it,’ he said. ‘The investigation is going to be over by the end of the week, and they won’t find out who did it. And that’s basically it.’
‘Another coverup,’ added the lawmaker. ‘You know, it’s the most secure building in the whole world… nobody, not even the press, goes in there without their knowledge.’
He called the results ‘a bad look for the Secret Service and a terrible look for this White House.’
The Secret Service said it would end its investigation without finding out who brought the cocaine to the White House
A full statement from the USSS was released after the briefing detailing what the agency has done to investigate the matter.
But it said the investigation would be closed without finding out who brought the cocaine to the White House.
‘No surveillance video footage was found that provided investigative leads or any other way for investigators to identify who deposited the substance found in the area,’ the statement claimed.
‘Without physical evidence, the investigation would not have been able to distinguish the person of interest from the hundreds of people who passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered.’
The statement ended with: ‘At this time, the Secret Service investigation is closed due to lack of physical evidence.’
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