On Thursday, a White House spokesperson offered up a bizarre justification for the lack of transparency behind the investigation in to cocaine found inside the White House.
Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said that he would not disclose if the cocaine found inside the White House belonged to First Son Hunter Biden because of a need to be ‘careful’ about the Hatch Act.
Suspicions have continued to mount that the cocaine belonged to Hunter Biden as he was at the White House just days earlier and is, by his and Joe Biden’s own admission, a ‘recovering’ drug addict.
After Bates claimed that he could not discuss the investigation further due to the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits campaign activities by federal employees, he attempted to divert attention towards Republicans, claiming that they are focusing on the issue due to a lack of ‘substance’ in policy.
The discovery of cocaine at the White House prompted a major spectacle where staff had to be evacuated from the White House as the D.C Fire Department Hazmat responded to the scene.
Other White House spokespeople such as Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre have also deflected when asked about the investigation, saying that they won’t comment on ‘hypothetical’ if the cocaine ends up belonging to Hunter Biden or a White House staffer.
On claims "the cocaine found in the White House had belonged to either the president or his son. Are you willing to say that that's not the case?"
Mid-level Biden staffer Andrew Bates: "I don't have a response to that because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act" pic.twitter.com/zuM30v5Fli
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“I don’t have a response to that because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act,” he claimed.
The reporter did not follow up with Bates on how the Hatch Act applied to the situation.
The Hatch Act’s main provision blocks executive branch employees “from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty, in a federal facility or using federal property,” according to the Justice Department.
“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 tried to change the subject.
Bates’s evasive answers mirror White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s responses on Wednesday to the growing scandal. Jean-Pierre would not say if the White House supports prosecuting the unknown cocaine White House smuggler.