CJR Staff
July 10, 2023

White House blasts reporters for asking if cocaine was Joe or Hunter's

The White House has called various questions and reports that ask if the cocaine found in the White House could belong to President Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden "incredibly irresponsible."

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre bristled at a question during a press conference on the cocaine found at the White House about whether the cocaine could belong to the president or his son.

Jean-Pierre said that asking if it belonged to President Joe Biden or Hunter Biden was "incredibly irresponsible."

White House Gets Defensive

"The Biden family was not here. They were not here. They were at Camp David. They were not here Friday. They were not here Saturday. They were not here Sunday. They were not even here Monday. They came back on Tuesday. So to ask that question is actually incredibly irresponsible," Jean-Pierre said.

A journalist during a press briefing aboard Air Force One to South Carolina asked:

"Former President Trump has made some pretty wild posts recently on social media. One of them was that the cocaine found in the White House was — had belonged to either the President or his son. Are you willing to say that that’s not the case, that they don’t belong to them?"

White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates answered, "I don’t have a response to that because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act."

"The Hatch Act prohibits administration officials from engaging in activity related to political campaigns and the question involved a presidential candidate, former President Donald Trump," reported Breitbart.

Breitbart reports, "At the Friday White House briefing, a journalist followed up on that question, noting that Bates did not answer the question or explain the relevance of the Hatch Act, and asked Jean-Pierre, 'Can you just say once and for all whether or not the cocaine belonged to the Biden family?'"

Jean-Pierre again declined to say that the cocaine did not belong to Joe or Hunter Biden. Instead, she attacked the questions, calling them irresponsible.

Jean-Pierre’s previous response about the Biden's not being at the White House was factually incorrect. Hunter Biden was at the White House on Friday.

A White House pool report on Friday, June 30, said "Poolers saw Jill Biden, Baby Beau and Hunter Biden clime into presidential SUV. President Biden followed a few minutes later. Motorcade rolling to Fort McNair as of 6:34 p."

Although Jean-Pierre claimed they were not there, there are photographs of Hunter and Joe leaving the White House on Friday.

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