A bag of cocaine found in a secure location in the White House’s West Wing last month reportedly belonged to a member of the “Biden family orbit,” according to a report from Soldier of Fortune publisher Susan Katz Keating.
While the Secret Service announced on July 13 that it had been unable to name a suspect due to “lack of physical evidence,” Keating’s report alleges that investigators were able to uncover enough evidence to name a suspect. The evidence was strong enough to inform the president, the report stated.
“If you want the name, ask Joe Biden,” one source told Keating. “He knows who it is.”
A second source stated that the cocaine belonged to a member of the “Biden family orbit,” though they also added that the bag did not belong to the president’s son, Hunter. The first son has long been viewed as the most likely culprit by members of the public due to his past struggles with drug addiction.
The New York Post attempted to verify Keating’s report by texting a number listed in Keating’s report. A response was received from what appeared to be an automated text linking to the messaging platform Community. Last July, the White House announced that Biden had joined Community, a messaging platform where celebrities and public figures can communicate with fans.
“I noted the text because every other method I tried brought no results. I am getting a lot of good information from sources, but I have to give the White House / Biden the opportunity to respond,” Keating told the New York Post. “I sent several text messages, as per their offering. Each time, it bounced back as undelivered. I published the screen shot to show that I used the method the White House told me to use, and it didn’t work. I wanted to document that I made the attempt.”
On July 2, the White House was temporarily evacuated after a potentially “hazardous substance” was discovered on White House grounds. The substance was soon identified as a bag of cocaine.
Last year, the Secret Service also discovered trace amounts of marijuana in the White House.