Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran Mark Morgan, also a former commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has emerged as a leading skeptic of the White House’s investigation into cocaine residue found recently.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Morgan laid out a series of conjectures hinting at potential hindrances in the progress of the U.S. Secret Service’s ongoing inquiry, raising questions about whether certain members of the executive branch are impeding the investigation.
Morgan — a seasoned law enforcement professional — contends that the case should have been closed within a few days. His assertive stance hinges on the assertion that “everybody that enters the White House is manifested”; that is, each visitor is logged and monitored.
Morgan, unmoved by the enigma that seems to pervade this investigation, proffers that with “forensic evidence, controlled access, cameras, witnesses, the manifest of who actually is coming to the White House, and who’s going through those areas, and a limited timeframe,” the probe should be, in essence, a formality.
Morgan’s grasp of the matter extends beyond mere conjecture — he is well-acquainted with the location where the cocaine was purportedly located: small storage units, or “cubbies,” that are primarily used for securing personal belongings. He sheds light on the standard protocol, noting that visitors to the Oval Office and the Situation Room, for instance, are expected to stow away their mobile phones in these lockboxes.
While the Secret Service remains tight-lipped about the ongoing inquiry, Morgan remains skeptical about the seeming lack of progress. A key point of his argument is the promptness he expects in a probe of this magnitude; he argues that in such high-priority cases such as those he was accustomed to during his FBI tenure, footage is downloaded, tapes reviewed and interviews conducted at a brisk pace.
His skepticism has led to some pointed questions; he openly wonders whether the Secret Service is being allowed to conduct their inquiry in a manner they see fit.
Are they able to go in and pull surveillance tapes as they need? Are they able to talk to the people that they would normally need to talk to for this investigation without any roadblocks?” he asked.
Morgan’s speculations don’t end there; he introduces the possibility of the White House exerting influence over the trajectory of the investigation. He posits that the deputy chief of staff, who would typically be the point of contact between the White House and the Secret Service, may play a crucial role in this regard.
The identity of the individual who brought the cocaine into the White House remains unknown at this juncture. However, Morgan conjectured that the cocaine enthusiast was probably a guest rather than a permanent staff member.
No official word has yet been released regarding the identity of the person responsible or any specific steps taken to progress the investigation. The situation remains in flux, with both the White House and the Secret Service remaining largely silent on the matter.
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