A White House staffer was recently questioned about the cocaine found at the White House. Here’s how the conversation unfolded:
Interviewer: “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?”
Andrew Bates, a mid-level staffer in the Biden administration, responded: “I don’t have a response to that because we have to be careful about the Hatch Act.”
Upon hearing about this, everyone had a similar reaction: “What?! What does that even mean?”
To clarify, the Hatch Act is a federal law that prohibits civil-service employees in the executive branch, excluding the president and vice president, from engaging in certain types of political activity.
It’s difficult to understand why this staffer considered the Hatch Act relevant to a question about cocaine ownership.
It’s a truly puzzling response. Only one explanation really makes sense.