One section of the White House was evacuated last Sunday, July 2, after the Secret Service found a white powder that was tested and confirmed a positive result for cocaine. According to NBC News, the scene was investigated and the Secret Service focused its efforts on finding a culprit.
However, the case cocaine case took a turn on Wednesday. After several attempts, the Secret Service and the FBI closed the investigation as no solid evidence has been found. The security footage, fingerprint tracking, or DNA examination carried on the packet seem to be insufficient, as none of these tests led to a possible suspect. As a result. the 500 individuals list the authorities had could not be narrowed down.
Following the announcement, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Gugliemi stated that it would be a waste of resources and a violation of civil liberties if they were to interview or question any of the 500 suspects among the staff or visitors who were passing through the White House as the cocaine was found in the White House earlier this month. About the unsuccessful investigation, Gugliemi said:
“Yes, you could have a consensual interview, but we have no evidence to approach them.”
The incident sparked some criticism among Republican contrarians who have mostly affirmed that the authorities probably did not give their best effort. In a similar tone, Donald Trump stated “despite all of the cameras pointing directly at the ‘scene of the crime,’ and the greatest forensics anywhere in the World, they just can’t figure it out? They know the answer, and so does everyone else!”