Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Monday that the Secret Service may have already identified the suspect who left a bag of cocaine at the White House last week.
On Sunday, July 2, a small baggy of a white powder, later identified as cocaine, was found in a cubby in the West Wing entry area accessible to visitors and tourists.
The discovery led to widespread speculation about who the Schedule II substance might have belonged to and how it may have found its way into one of the most secured facilities in the country.
Rep. Fallon said that he had asked law enforcement officials in his home state how long it should take to retrieve fingerprints from the bag, and was told that it would take under an hour to pull prints from a bag or envelope.
“If there was no fingerprints, they could have told us immediately,” he said.
“So, I suspect there are fingerprints, and you can run it through a database, and this was found where high level aides and staffers are, so most of them were fingerprinted at one time or another, so they may very well already know who it belongs to and aren’t sharing with us and that’s my greatest concern and worry.”
Chair of the House Oversight Committee Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) sent a letter on June 7 to the Director of the Secret Service demanding additional information and a staff level briefing by July 14.
On Monday Fox News Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram said on Twitter that the Secret Service decided to move up the briefing on their investigation to Thursday, July 13 at 10 a.m.
It was initially reported that the briefing would be taking place later in July.