The White House refused to confirm or deny that the cocaine found in the West Wing belonged to a member of the Biden family. Following, is the transcript of what transpired at today’s press briefing. Video is below.
Q And then, secondly, sorry to bring up cocaine again. (Laughter.) But there was a question yesterday during press gaggle with Andrew Bates that was — I guess — he said that it had — he didn’t — he was avoiding it because of the Hatch Act.White House
I’m just asking again: Can you just say once and for all whether or not the cocaine belonged to the Biden family? (Laughter.)
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, a couple of things there. He mentioned the Hatch Act because the question was posed to him in the Donald —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: — using Donald Trump. And so, he was trying to be very mindful.
Q Yeah. I didn’t do that, so —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Okay, I hear you. But you’re asking me a question, so I’m answering it for you. And so, that’s why he said the Hatch Act. So I would — I would, you know, have you read the transcript and read the transcript fully so you can see exactly what he was trying to say. So, that’s number one.
So we’re not avoiding the question; that is not true. We’ve answered this question, litigated this question for the last two days exhaustively.
You know, there has been some irresponsible reporting about the family, and — and so I got to call that out here. And I have been very clear. I was clear two days ago when talking about this over and over again, as I was being asked a question.
As you know — and the media outlets reported this — the Biden family was not here. They were not here. They were at Camp David. They were not here Friday. They were not here Saturday. They were not here Sunday. They were not even here Monday.
They came back on Tuesday. So to ask that question is actually incredibly irresponsible. And — and I’ll just leave it there.
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