Trump implies White House security cameras likely caught cocaine culprit

July 7, 2023
Ben Marquis

An unspecified amount of cocaine was reportedly found at the White House on Sunday and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the White House has been pretty cagey and vague in answering numerous legitimate and reasonable questions from the media about that discovery and who may be responsible for bringing the illicit narcotics into the building.

Former President Donald Trump weighed in on the matter on Wednesday and suggested that the culprit was likely caught by the countless security cameras that cover virtually all parts of the White House, Breitbart reported.

Trump's assertion followed an anonymously sourced report which indicated that it may never be known who, in fact, was responsible for the cocaine found inside the West Wing.

Where are the White House security tapes?

"Does anybody really believe that the COCAINE found in the West Wing of the White House, very close to the Oval Office, is for the use of anyone other than Hunter & Joe Biden," Trump wrote Wednesday in a Truth Social post. "But watch, the Fake News Media will soon start saying that the amount found was 'very small,' & it wasn’t really COCAINE, but rather common ground up Aspirin, & the story will vanish."

The now-indicted former president added, "Has Deranged Jack Smith, the crazy, Trump hating Special Prosecutor, been seen in the area of the COCAINE? He looks like a crackhead to me!"

In a separate post roughly 20 minutes later, Trump said, "Where are the White House SECURITY TAPES, like the ones I openly and happily gave to Deranged Jack Smith, which will quickly show where the Cocaine in the White House came from??? They already know the answer, but probably don’t like it!"

Media sets stage for inconclusive investigation

Those posts coincided timewise with a Politico report that cited unnamed law enforcement officials as saying that a "small amount" of cocaine was found in a "highly trafficked area" of the West Wing that featured "a cubby area for storing electronics" that was frequently used by both staffers and guests.

One anonymous official, when asked about the likelihood of catching the person who brought the drugs in, told the outlet that "it’s gonna be very difficult for us to do that because of where it was."

"Even if there were surveillance cameras, unless you were waving it around, it may not have been caught" by the cameras, the official added. "It’s a bit of a thoroughfare. People walk by there all the time."

Jean-Pierre repeatedly dodges legitimate questions

That same seemingly preemptive excuse for not holding anybody accountable for the illicit controlled substance found in the White House was then repeated multiple times by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who emphasized how "heavily traveled" the area of the discovery was, during Wednesday's press briefing, but otherwise repeatedly deferred nearly two dozen questions about the cocaine to the Secret Service and its ongoing investigation.

Asked at one point if the White House would support the prosecution of the culprit if found, she replied, "I’m just not going to get into hypotheticals from here. Let -- let the Secret Service do their job. It’s under their purview. We are confident that they’ll get to the bottom of it. I’m just not going to get ahead of this at this time."

Jean-Pierre was then asked if the White House would accept an inconclusive investigation, as insinuated by the Politico piece, but she said in response, "So let’s see what the Secret Service says, right? They’re -- again, this is under investigation. Don’t want to get into hypotheticals while the investigation is going -- going -- going on and is happening at this time. Just not going to get ahead of it. Let Secret Service do their job."

White House dismissive of Trump posts

As for what former President Trump had to say, that was raised during a Thursday press gaggle with deputy press secretary Andrew Bates when a reporter asked about his "pretty wild posts" on social media and if the White House could confirm or deny that the cocaine belonged to Hunter or Joe Biden.

Bates initially -- and ridiculously -- cited the Hatch Act to avoid answering that question but then proceeded to take a number of unsubtle shots at Trump's "increasing frustration" over President Biden's purported successes on issues like infrastructure, manufacturing jobs, prescription drug prices, and the economy, and snarkily concluded, "So it would be unsurprising if there’s a little bit of frustration on the part of people who worked in the last administration."

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