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- This video was taken two days after cocaine was discovered at the White House.
After cocaine was discovered at the White House, some of the Biden administration’s detractors have tried to connect the drug to the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
"‘Hunter Biden’ taking a hit of that perico in front of children at ‘White House’ same day they found cocaine," reads one Instagram post that uses slang for cocaine. "I SWEAR YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS S— UP."
It features a clip of a C-SPAN video showing Hunter Biden walking behind first lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden as Hunter Biden’s hands move around his face.
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Speculation about the source of the cocaine found at the White House has abounded, but authorities haven’t blamed Hunter Biden, who described his struggles with drug addiction in his 2021 memoir, "Beautiful Things."
We don’t know what Hunter Biden was doing in the video — he’s obscured by Jill Biden — but there’s no evidence that he was using cocaine during a televised event at the White House. Snopes has rated the claim that the video shows him doing drugs "miscaptioned."
What we do know: This video wasn’t taken the same day cocaine was discovered at the White House.
White powder found inside the White House turned out to be cocaine, the Washington Post reported, but it was discovered on July 2.
The video of the Bidens was taken on July 4 and shows the family at a Fourth of July celebration.
We rate claims the video was taken the same day cocaine was discovered at the White House False.
Instagram post, July 11, 2023
Axios, Secret Service to brief congressional staff on White House cocaine, July 10, 2023
The Washington Post, Secret Service investigating suspected cocaine found in White House, July 3, 2023
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