The Secret Service has concluded its investigation into the bag of cocaine found at the White House and has been unable to identify a single suspect.
The results of the probe were confirmed by Republican House members who were briefed on the probe.
Lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said the investigation will officially end on Friday.
“The Secret Service is ending their investigation tomorrow,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said.
“Basically they told us that the investigation will be over tomorrow, they don’t know who it is,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) said.
The Secret Service issued a statement that said they found no fingerprints or DNA on the bag and that there were no cameras where the drug was found.
The Secret Service has concluded its investigation into the bag of cocaine found at the White House and has been unable to identify a suspect, per @JDiamond1.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 13, 2023
The cocaine was found on July 2 “inside a receptacle used to temporarily store electronic and personal devices prior to entering the West Wing,” the Secret Service said.
The agency said it has been investigating “how this item entered the White House,” including a “methodical review of security systems and protocols.”
“This review included a backward examination that spanned several days prior to the discovery of the substance and developed an index of several hundred individuals who may have accessed the area where the substance was found,” the Secret Service said.
It said investigators developed “a pool of known persons for comparison of forensic evidence gleaned from the FBI’s analysis of the substance’s packaging.”
The Secret Service said it received the FBI’s lab results on Wednesday, and said the effort “did not develop latent fingerprints and insufficient DNA was present for investigative comparisons.”
“Therefore, the Secret Service is not able to compare evidence against the known pool of individuals,” the Secret Service said.
The FBI’s evaluation of the substance “also confirmed that it was cocaine.”
“There was no surveillance video footage found that provided investigative leads or any other means for investigators to identify who may have deposited the found substance in this area,” the Secret Service continued.
“Without physical evidence, the investigation will not be able to single out a person of interest from the hundreds of individuals who passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered.”
“At this time, the Secret Service’s investigation is closed due to a lack of physical evidence,” they said.
The Secret Service briefed members of Congress on the investigation Thursday morning.
Prior to the Secret Service’s confirmation, reports emerged that Secret Service officials said they planned to end the investigation Friday, without determining who the cocaine belonged to.
Secret Service officials had reportedly claimed they still do not know who brought the cocaine into the White House.
After being briefed, Rep. Tim Burchett confirmed to reporters that the Secret Service told members that less than 1 gram of cocaine was found.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) told reporters that she doesn’t necessarily think that the cocaine belongs to a member of the Biden family.
“I’m not going to go down the rabbit hole,” she said.
“But it’s frustrating that every time something unsavory is happening around the White House, or around the president, his family, or the administration, we can never find answers,” Mace said.
When asked if White House staffers had been drug tested by the Secret Service, Mace replied: “I don’t believe so.”
Mace, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, was also asked if that panel will take over the Secret Service investigation.
“We have our hands full with other investigations,” Mace said.
“I don’t believe this would be part of that.”
There had been conflicting reports about where the cocaine was found.
When the news first broke, it was alleged that the substance had been found in the White House library.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later told reporters that it had been in a “heavily traveled” part of the West Wing.
Then, it was reported that the cocaine had been found near the West Executive entrance, a more secure location than previously thought.
The White House said the incident occurred while President Biden and his family were away at Camp David.
However, the Biden family, including Hunter Biden, left the White House on Friday, just two days before the cocaine was found on Sunday.
Some of Biden’s Republican critics have said they believe the administration is not interested in finding the person’s real identity.
The lack of an identified suspect is only fueling speculation that the cocaine belonged to Hunter Biden, a known drug user and one of a handful of people not searched before entering the White House.