(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In another highly embarrassing development on the White House cocaine discovery, a Biden official has refused to deny that the narcotic doesn’t belong to the president or his son Hunter.
Asked by a reporter whether the cocaine belonged to Joe or Hunter Biden, White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said he could neither deny nor confirm because of the Hatch Act.
The recent discovery of cocaine in the West Wing led to a brief evacuation of the White House and immediate associations with Hunter Biden’s well-known drug addiction.
“Are you willing to say that that’s not the case? That it [cocaine] doesn’t belong to them?” a reporter asked Bates on Thursday aboard Air Force One, as cited by Breitbart News.
“I don’t have a response to that because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act,” the White House official argued.
An audio recording of the exchange was shared on Twitter, including by Republican National Committee.
The Hatch Act, first adopted in 1939, is designed to prevent US government employees – save for the president and vice president – from engaging in partisan political activity.
Breitbart points out that the reporter didn’t question Bates on how the Hatch Act applied to confirming or denying that the West Wing cocaine stash belonged to any of the Bidens.
The White House deputy press secretary then “tried to change the subject,” according to the report.
“What I will say is I have noticed there does seem to be some increasing frustration coming from that corner in general. And I think it is probably included in the contrast between their substances policy records,” Bates said.
He also remained noncommittal when asked whether the White House would vow transparency and disclose the potential findings of the Secret Service as to who smuggled the cocaine into the West Wing.
“I’m going to defer to the Secret Service professionals who are carrying this [investigation] out. I’m just not going to engage on hypotheticals,” Biden’s aid said.
His comments echoed those of his direct boss, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, earlier last week.
“I’m just not gonna get into hypotheticals from here. Let the Secret Service do their job. It’s under their purview,” she told reporters.