- DailyMail.com uncovered photos through a Freedom of Information Act request
- Bag of illicit drugs was found in a cubby on July 2, and forced an evacuation
- The FBI and Secret Service investigated, but a culprit has never been found
- Deputy Director of the FBI was dragged into the 11-day probe
The Secret Service included images of the bag of white powder that was found in a cubby hole used to store personal belongings near the White House’s West Executive entrance in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Cocaine was found on Sunday, July 2 while the Biden family – including son Hunter – was spending the weekend away at Camp David ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
The discovery prompted an evacuation of the West Wing and street closures surrounding the White House and then triggered an 11-day investigation once the substance was identified as the illicit drug.
Documents obtained by DailyMail.com also show the Deputy Director of the FBI was involved in the investigation, which clouded the Biden administration in scandal this summer.
The Secret Service closed the investgation in less than two weeks due to a ‘lack of evidence.’
The list of suspects had been narrowed down to 500, but security footage wasn’t able to determine the owner as cameras do not face the locker area.
It is unclear if any suspects were interviewed during the short investigation.
There also weren’t usable fingerprints or other DNA evidence on the ‘dime-sized’ zipper-lock bag that contained less than a gram of the drug.
It had been sent to the FBI’s lab at Quantico for this analysis, the documents show.
The Secret Service said the cocaine was sent for ‘destruction’ on July 14, a day after the probe wrapped up.
Initial reports about the incident said the cocaine was discovered in the White House library, then the West Wing lobby and then finally the cubbies by the West Executive entrance.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s initial response to questions about whether the cocaine could belong to a Biden came in the form of pointing out that they weren’t home.
She then lashed out at a reporter who asked – five days after the discovery – if she could say ‘once and for all’ that the baggie didn’t belong to a Biden family member.
‘You know, there has been some irresponsible reporting about the family and so I’ve got to call that out here,’ the press secretary said. ‘And I have been very clear.’
‘I was clear two days ago … the Biden family was not here, they were not here, they were at Camp David,’ she continued. ‘They were not here Friday, they were not here Saturday, they were not here Sunday. They were not even here Monday. They came back here on Tuesday.’
The questions were asked because Hunter Biden wrote an entire memoir about his battle with drug and alcohol abuse, which included descriptions of heavy cocaine use.
First daughter Ashley Biden has also struggled with drug use and been to a rehab facility.
The president ignored shouted questions about the cocaine discovery on several occasions.
In the days following the discovery, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan suggested a construction worker could have brought in the cocaine, as it was found near the Situation Room, which was undergoing renovations at the time.
‘I would make a point about the Situation Room because I think there’s been a lot questionable reporting on this,’ Sullivan said at a July 7 briefing. ‘The Situation Room is not in use and has not been in use for months because it is currently under construction.’
‘We are using an alternative Situation Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, so the only people coming in and going out of the Sit Room in this period have been workers who are getting it ready to go,’ he added.