The owner of the illegal drugs found in the White House has still not been identified and the Biden administration isn’t answering whether the President or his son, Hunter, owned what has been confirmed to be cocaine.
When asked, at Thursday’s press conference, whether the President can deny that he or his son owned the cocaine found at the White House, Bates invoked the Hatch Act — legislation prohibiting federal employees from talking about or using federal resources for campaign purposes — to dodge the question, leaving many experts baffled.
“I don’t have a response to that, because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act,” Bates replied. “What I will say, is that I have noticed there does seem to be some increasing frustration coming from that corner in general, and I think it is probably rooted in the contrast between their substantive policy records.”
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
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 6, 2023
In order to control the narrative, Bates dutifully and shamelessly pivoted to speaking about Biden’s policy record compared to that of his predecessor.
“There is a long list of areas where this Administration succeeded for the middle class where our predecessor did not. For example, infrastructure is no longer a punchline.” This comment comes on the heels of a major collapse to interstate 95 in Philadelphia, in addition to other catastrophic infrastructure failures.
Attorney Bradley P. Moss on Fox News Digital said he is “candidly at a loss as to why Mr. Bates believes the Hatch Act is relevant with respect to addressing that question.”
He went on to say, “I could envision other legitimate bases for declining to respond, such as respecting the integrity of the ongoing investigation, but references to the Hatch Act seem misplaced.”
Former Bush administration ethics chief Richard Painter also told Fox News Digital that while he has given lectures at the White House and published articles on the Hatch Act, the bill “does not cover snorting cocaine.”
Many on social media criticized the White House for invoking the Hatch Act to dodge the question.
That famous Hatch Act provision which doesn’t allow you to say White House cocaine doesn’t belong to the president or his son https://t.co/bzpFxS7ZVw
— Jerry Dunleavy 🇺🇸 (@JerryDunleavy) July 6, 2023
to anyone arrested by police on drug related charges
Just tell the police that they cannot arrest them due to “the Hatch Act”😂😂😂😂😂@TuckerCarlson @seanhannity @IngrahamAngle @Gutfeldfox @jessebwaters @marklevinshow @LawrencebJones3 pic.twitter.com/dpNoQYCcFN
— Ted Thorne (@ChuckUp5) July 7, 2023
They’re using the Hatch Act to avoid ruling out Hunter on the White House Cocaine scandal.
😂😂😂 The Hatch Act seriously??!! LMAO! This story is never going away! pic.twitter.com/fnIHR5Ulk4
— Christina Colome (@ChristinaColome) July 7, 2023
Washington insiders were left stunned:
Byron York tweeted out, “The Hatch Act?”
The Hatch Act? https://t.co/LYme5trxOu
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 6, 2023
Mollie Hemingway tweeted “That response is so bizarre as to seem drug-induced…”
That response is so bizarre as to seem drug-induced … https://t.co/S57FtctUn1
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 6, 2023
Bookies in Hunter Biden’s old stomping grounds, Las Vegas, have already started odds that Hunter is the likely culprit behind the cocaine found at the White House. Place your bets folks! Though we may never know, given.. well – The Hatch Act.