The top House investigator is demanding a briefing from the Secret Service on how cocaine ended up in a key area of the West Wing, saying Congress deserves to know whether security lapses led to the “shameful” episode at the White House.
The White House was briefly evacuated last Sunday after agents found a white powdery substance during a sweep of the building. Lab tests confirmed the substance to be cocaine, sparking Washington intrigue over who left an illicit drug in a wing that includes the Oval Office and work spaces for key White House aides.
The White House said the drug was found in a “heavily traveled” area, with some reports pointing to a storage space that is used to store cellphones from staff and guests — an area accessible to staff-led tour groups. Former President Donald Trump and conservative pundits pointed the finger at the president’s son, Hunter Biden, who battled drug addiction in the past, although the president’s family was away from Washington when the drug was found.
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