CJR Staff
July 9, 2023

House Oversight Committee demands answers about cocaine found in White House

The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into the cocaine recently found in the Biden White House.

The committee's chairman, James Comer, addressed a letter to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle.

The letter requests a briefing on details surrounding the recent discovery of cocaine in Biden's White House.

Comer Demands Answers

"The presence of illegal drugs in the White House is unacceptable and a shameful moment in the White House’s history," Comer said in the letter to the Secret Service.

Last week on Sunday around 6 p.m., Secret Service officers discovered a plastic baggie of a white powdery substance in the West Wing during a routine patrol.

The baggie of white powder prompted an evacuation of the White House, and the D.C. Fire Department was dispatched with a hazmat team.

"According to the Secret Service, the plastic baggie was found in a cubby at an entrance for staffers and official visitors, which leads to a lower level of the West Wing that is near the Situation Room," reported Breitbart. "Staffers can also bring personal guests through the entrance, after the guests undergo a background check ahead of time and pass through a security checkpoint manned by the Secret Service. The Secret Service, assisted by the FBI, is now reviewing surveillance tapes and visitors logs."

White House officials have repeatedly stated that the area where the cocaine was found is "heavily trafficked."

MSNBC, however, said that the area has "limited access," and the average person "just can't get in there."

Comer wrote in his letter to Cheatle:

This alarming development requires the Committee to assess White House security practices and determine whose failures led to an evacuation of the building and finding of the illegal substance. The Committee requests the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) provide additional information.

Additionally, Comer has asked for the briefing by the Secret Service to the committee to take place by July 14, 2023.

"The Committee on Oversight and Accountability is the principal oversight committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and has broad authority to investigate 'any matter' at 'any time' under House Rule X," Comer said.

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