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Secret Service asks to update lawmakers on White House cocaine discovery, signaling development

Agency had planned to hold next briefing on matter on July 24, but moved it up to Thursday

Published: July 12, 2023 8:48pm

Updated: July 12, 2023 9:34pm

The Secret Service has abruptly moved up a planned congressional briefing on the discovery of cocaine inside the Biden White House, asking to brief lawmakers Thursday morning in a secure room normally reserved for classified intelligence briefings, multiple lawmakers told Just the News on Wednesday.

The briefing to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, originally planned for the week of July 24, has been moved up to 10 a.m. Thursday and will be held in a sensitive compartmented information facility or SCIF. Lawmakers on the committee with appropriate security clearances may attend, officials said.

The committee's chairman, James Comer, R-Ky., announced last week he had opened an investigation into the incident, which began July 2 when the cocaine was discovered and forced a temporary evacuation of the executive mansion.

The Secret Service did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A law enforcement source, speaking only on condition of anonymity, told Just the News that the service scheduled the briefing to give lawmakers an update on some developments after fingerprint and DNA analysis was ordered on the evidence. The source declined to be more specific.

Soldier of Fortune magazine reported Wednesday night that fingerprints were on the bag of cocaine and "officials at the White House know who handled" the drug. Lawmakers and the law enforcement source said they could not immediately confirm the report.

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