The story of the cocaine found in the White House residence continues to change, with new details emerging that raise even more questions.
According to NBC News, “multiple officials involved in the White House cocaine inquiry now say the bag of powder was found in a cubby near the White House’s West Executive entrance, not the formal West Wing lobby as was previously reported.”
The location officials described most recently to NBC News is “an entrance area between the foyer and a lower-level lobby…near where some vehicles, like the vice president’s limo or SUV park.”
That entrance location is, as NBC explained, “one floor below the main West Wing offices and the same floor as the Situation Room and a dining area.”
That means there was a bag of cocaine not terribly far from the Situation Room, one of the most sensitive, protected, and vital areas in the White House.
The White House has also changed its story about who found the cocaine. First, they said that it was found by a housekeeper. Then, they said that it was found by a Secret Service agent. And now, they are saying that it was found by a White House staffer.
Biden’s spokespeople have refused to say whether they’ll push for prosecution of an individual determined to be the culprit, declined to say if they’ll make the conclusions of the investigation and the identity of the cocaine smuggler public, and continued to suggest that we may never know whose cocaine was spotted in the White House.
The changing story about the cocaine has led to speculation that the White House is trying to cover something up. Some people believe that the cocaine was planted in the White House by political opponents, while others believe that it was used by someone who was staying at the White House.
No matter what the truth is, the changing story about the cocaine is a major embarrassment for the White House. It raises questions about the security of the White House residence, and it casts a shadow over the administration.
NEW: The White House is now claiming the cocaine was found "in a much more secure place … near the Situation Room" and next to "where, for example, the vice president's vehicle is parked." pic.twitter.com/N17r8YJyVV
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 6, 2023
"It is one floor below the main West Wing offices and the same floor as the Situation Room and a dining area." https://t.co/0fRQnv8CXX
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 6, 2023