Several hundred people could have dropped the small bag of cocaine near a door to the West Wing. But without fingerprints, DNA or video evidence, the Secret Service can't figure out who did it.
U.S. Secret Service agents found the powder during a routine White House sweep on Sunday, in a small, clear plastic bag on the ground in a heavily trafficked area, according to sources.
The Secret Service said in a statement the White House was closed as a precaution as emergency crews investigated, and local fire officials determined that the substance was not hazardous.
Flemister, who died last week, was the first Black woman to serve as a special agent in the 1970s, but was forced out by racial discrimination. She spent the next three decades in the foreign service.
The report — a first-of-its-kind for the agency — examines everything from when in the year the attacks took place to behavioral changes exhibited in the attackers.
President Biden named Kim Cheatle, a veteran Secret Service official, to be the agency's next director as it faces controversy over missing text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
With Republicans set to take control of the House of Representatives in November, the Democrat-led committee has a lot to pack into the next five months.
Reports that the Secret Service deleted text messages related to Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection have caught the attention of the chief records officer at the National Archives.
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general, which oversees the Secret Service, said the texts were deleted after his office asked for them.
The explosive testimony about former President Trump's actions on Jan. 6, 2021, has led to calls from some right-leaning outlets that Trump is unfit to serve in office.
They have been impersonating federal agents since early 2020, the FBI says. They allegedly offered favors to several Secret Service agents, including one assigned to the first lady's detail.
"Agents are already worrying about guns and knives and bombs," a former Secret Service agent says. "Now they have to worry about COVID-19."
The Secret Service intercepted the envelope containing the deadly toxin, law enforcement sources tell NPR. They say the poison did not make it to the White House grounds.