House Oversight Committee Chairman Calls on Secret Service for Information

House Oversight Committee Chairman, James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, is urging the head of the U.S. Secret Service, Director Kim Cheatle, to provide Congress with more details regarding the recent discovery of a bag of cocaine inside the White House. In a letter to Cheatle, Comer condemned the illicit find as a “shameful” incident and demanded a staff-level briefing on the matter to be held by next week. His objective is to evaluate White House security practices and determine the individual or individuals responsible for the building’s evacuation and the discovery of the illegal substance. Comer stressed his committee’s need for “additional information.”

White House Oversight Committee Chair Presses for Information on Cocaine Discovery

Comer, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, emphasized that the presence of illegal drugs within the White House is both unacceptable and a disgraceful moment in the history of the establishment. He expressed the committee’s heightened concerns about the level of security maintained at the White House and requested a staff-level briefing on this matter by July 14, 2023, to assist the investigation initiated by the committee.

Conflicting Reports About Cocaine Discovery Surface

The location where the cocaine was found has sparked conflicting reports. Initial allegations suggested that the substance was discovered in the White House library, however, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated on Wednesday that it was located in a heavily trafficked area of the West Wing. Multiple news outlets reported on Thursday that it was found near the West Executive entrance, which is a more secure location than previously thought. Jean-Pierre responded to questions about the cocaine discovery during a regular news briefing.

Secret Service Investigates Cocaine Incident

The Secret Service is currently conducting an investigation into the incident, which occurred while President Biden and his family were away at Camp David. Jean-Pierre explained that the area where the discovery was made is frequented by many visitors to the White House West Wing. The White House remains committed to cooperating with the investigation and providing any necessary information.

Critics Use Cocaine Discovery to Heighten Scrutiny

Biden’s Republican critics have taken advantage of the cocaine discovery to intensify their scrutiny of the president. Some critics have even speculated if the cocaine belonged to Hunter Biden, the president’s son and a recovering drug addict. Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, also called upon the Secret Service to disclose more details about the finding and address any security flaws that may exist within the White House complex.

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