Reporters Flood White House With Cocaine Questions

( – White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had a tough time at last Wednesday’s press conference. Reporters kept pressing her on the one thing she clearly didn’t want to talk about — the discovery of cocaine inside the White House. Jean-Pierre responded by trying to brush it under the rug.

On July 2, a bag of cocaine was found in the West Wing of the White House. The Secret Service is now investigating “the cause and manner” of the drug getting into the executive mansion — but is already laying the groundwork for closing the case unsolved. On July 6, a federal law enforcement official primed journalists for a negative outcome, telling them it was going to be hard to identify the culprit.

President Biden was asked about the drug find on Wednesday at a press conference following a meeting with Swedish prime minister Ulf Kristersson, but refused to answer. Reporters then asked Jean-Pierre for more information at the regular White House press conference but also refused to give any more information. She claimed the cocaine was found in a “heavily traveled area” of the White House and hinted it had belonged to a visitor rather than someone who lives or works there.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has now written to Secret Service Director David Gentry, asking for more details about the investigation and urging the agency to release the information to the American people. He also said that if the White House isn’t secure, Congress needs to be told about the weaknesses, as well as plans to fix them.

The White House is equipped with security cameras, and the names of all visitors are logged and released. According to officials, the cocaine was found near a rack of cubbies where visitors leave their cell phones. These cubbies are after the mandatory security screening all visitors are required to go through.     

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