The claim: Video shows Hunter Biden on the day cocaine was discovered in the White House
A July 11 Instagram video (direct link, archive link) shows President Joe Biden standing on the White House balcony with several other people, including his wife, Jill Biden, and son, Hunter Biden. At one point in the video, Hunter Biden walks behind Jill Biden and appears to touch his nose.
“‘Hunter Biden’ taking a hit of that PERICO IN FRONT OF CHILDREN at ‘White House’ same day they found cocaine,” reads the video’s caption.
The post garnered more than 300 likes in two days.
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Our rating: False
The video was captured July 4, two days after Secret Service agents found cocaine at the White House.
Video from Fourth of July, cocaine found July 2
It’s not entirely clear what is happening in the video, but the timeline claimed in the post is wrong.
The footage was captured on the Fourth of July while the Bidens watched fireworks on the White House balcony. That was two days after cocaine was found in the White House’s West Wing lobby, an area accessible to some members of the public.
Some social media users have speculated Hunter Biden, who has acknowledged past struggles with drug use and addiction, could be responsible for the cocaine found in the White House. The Secret Service did not name any suspects when the investigation of the incident ended due to a lack of adequate physical evidence.
USA TODAY reached out to the Instagram user who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
PolitiFact also debunked the post.
Our fact-check sources:
CNN-News18 (YouTube), July 4, U.S Independence Day 2023 | Independence Day Fireworks Over D.C.’s National Mall | Biden Live
The Washington Post, July 3, Secret Service investigating suspected cocaine found in White House
United States Secret Service, July 13, Official Statement on the Investigation of a Substance Found in the White House
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