House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and several high-profile congressional Republicans criticized the Secret Service’s investigation into the discovery of cocaine in the White House. Federal law enforcement could not determine who was responsible for bringing the substance into the president’s official residence.
McCarthy said that the White House was “the most secure building probably in America just to get into the door before you get through the gate, you go through security as a member of Congress.”
He added that there are always-on surveillance cameras.
“It just seems to me when it comes to the ‘Biden, Inc.’ family, they get treated different than anybody else,” McCarthy said. “If they can’t tell us who brought it, what else is happening in the White House?”
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McCarthy was not the only prominent Republican to criticize the federal government’s handling of the cocaine probe. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) told Fox News this week that he believed that the Secret Service was not being transparent.
Donalds said that “the thing that’s lost on me is with all the surveillance that we have at our capability, we don’t know who left a dime bag of cocaine in the White House. Like, we can’t even like narrow it down? That’s the most frustrating thing overall.”
He likened the current situation at the White House to a hypothetical situation in which cocaine was found at his own home.
He said that the “big media” would “never let it go.”
“It would be the scandal of the moment until they found their next scandal of the moment,” he said. “And that’s what will be happening from a media perspective.”
Donalds cited a “lax atmosphere that exists at the White House,” calling it a “serious concern with respect to foreign policy and domestic policy here in the United States.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was among House Republicans who expressed frustration at the official explanation.
In addition, federal records show that marijuana has been found in the White House twice during President Joe Biden’s tenure.
A Secret Service spokesperson said that the weight of under two ounces of the drug per discovery “did not meet the legal threshold for federal charges or D.C. misdemeanor charges.”