Kayleigh McEnany, who used to be the press secretary at the White House under the Trump administration, but is now a host on Fox News, dismissed the notion that Hunter Biden could be responsible for bringing cocaine into the White House.
McEnany stated during a television appearance that it was inconceivable to think Hunter Biden could have brought cocaine into the White House since he had left on Friday and was at Camp David. These remarks followed former President Donald Trump’s recent blame on the Biden family for the presence of cocaine in the White House.
Trump posted on his Truth Social account asking if anybody really believed that the cocaine found in the West Wing of the White House, very close to the Oval Office, was for the use of anyone other than Hunter and Joe Biden. Trump then added the Fake News Media would soon start saying that the amount found was ‘very small,’ and it wasn’t really “COCAINE, but rather common ground-up Aspirin, ” and the story would vanish.
The issue surrounding the drugs escalated when White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates avoided providing a direct response to a reporter’s question about whether the cocaine belonged to the president or his son. Bates cited the Hatch Act as a reason for not commenting, as it restricts federal employees from engaging in certain partisan political activities.
Richard Painter, former ethics chief in the Bush administration and a Democrat who has run for Congress, expressed his disbelief at the connection between the Hatch Act and cocaine. Painter labeled it the most ridiculous invocation of the Hatch Act he had ever heard.
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) also questioned the application of the Hatch Act in discussing the ownership of cocaine within the White House. Boebert raised concerns about the administration’s attempt to divert attention from the issue by creating more questions than answers.
The discovery of cocaine in the White House on July 3 prompted speculation about Hunter Biden’s involvement due to his past drug use. Hunter freely admitted that he did crack cocaine in his book. However, the U.S. Secret Service has not yet identified the individual responsible for bringing the drug inside the White House.
Former border commissioner and FBI agent Mark Morgan emphasized the availability of forensic evidence, controlled access, cameras, witnesses, and a limited timeframe, suggesting that the investigation should have concluded by now. Morgan raised questions about potential hindrances to the investigation and whether the White House would cooperate fully with the Secret Service.
Some observers have criticized the time it is taking to identify a suspect, suggesting a possible political bias. Michael Quinn Sullivan, the host of the Texas Minute Podcast, remarked on Twitter that if cocaine had been found in the White House during Trump’s presidency, the DEA and D.C. police would have conducted a swift raid and made arrests.
Donald Trump Jr. commented on the incident, comparing media coverage of his father’s Diet Coke consumption to the relative lack of attention given to the discovery of cocaine in the White House. He accused the media of being Democratic propagandists.