John Kirby Defends Failed WH Cocaine Investigation

( — The Secret Service announced last week that the investigation into the cocaine that was discovered in the White House earlier this month concluded with no usable video or forensic evidence to identify the person responsible, NBC News reported.

The Secret Service said in a statement on Thursday that it received the results from tests conducted by the FBI. The baggie containing the cocaine yielded no latent fingerprints and the DNA was “insufficient” for “investigative comparisons.”

Additionally, surveillance footage produced no “investigative leads,” the Secret Service said.

Without the necessary physical evidence, the investigation would be unable to “single out a person of interest” from the hundreds who “passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered,” the statement said.

A source familiar with the Secret Service’s investigation told NBC News that the most plausible theory is that the cocaine belonged to one of the hundreds of people who visited the White House over the July 4 holiday weekend.

While appearing on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend, National Security spokesman John Kirby was challenged by host Shannon Bream over the failure to find the culprit and the broader national security implications of an unknown substance making its way into the White House undetected.

Kirby told Bream that he couldn’t get into details about the Secret Service’s investigation, but argued that the agency “did the best they could to track down” who brought the cocaine into the White House.

Kirby argued that the cocaine was found in a “highly trafficked area.” He admitted that this is not the sort of thing the White House wants to see happen, and said that if there is anything the White House can do to “prevent that in the future,” then “we certainly will do that.”

“Nobody is happy about this,” Kirby added.

The House Oversight and Homeland Security Committees were briefed by the Secret Service Thursday morning in response to a letter Oversight Committee Chair James Comer sent to Director Kimberly Cheatle.

In his letter, Comer described the presence of an illegal drug in the White House as “unacceptable” and “a shameful moment in White House history.”

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