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Two Republican senators are demanding the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service turn over any records related to any involvement of their personnel in an alleged incident involving Hunter Biden and a handgun they think he may have illegally purchased.
In a letter to both agencies, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson refer to a report by Politico this week detailing a 2018 incident in which Hunter’s then-lover and sister-in-law Hallie Biden may have thrown away a handgun belonging to him in a trash bin behind a local upscale grocery store.
The Daily Caller adds:
Hallie, who was also dating Hunter, said that she went to retrieve the gun after growing worried someone might find it and use it in a crime, but that it was no longer in the trash can.
The FBI responded to the scene of the investigation, as did ATF. The U.S. Secret Service also became involved in the investigation and contacted the gun store that sold the firearm to Biden, according to Politico.
The store owner provided documents to the ATF, but “refused to supply the paperwork” to the Secret Service out of concerns that “the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime,” Politico reported.
No arrests were reportedly made in connection with the incident.
This week, Secret Service officials denied any of the agency’s personnel were involved. But text messages Hunter Biden sent to someone mentioned that the FBI, Secret Service, and Delaware police showed up to question him about the gun.
“She stole the gun out of my trunk lock box and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,” Hunter wrote.
“Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene she said she took it from me because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids,” he said in a message found on a hard drive obtained by the New York Post.
In their letter to Secret Service Director James Murray, Johnson and Grassley noted that neither Joe nor Hunter Biden were under Secret Service protection at the time of the incident.
Politico reported an anonymous law enforcement official who may have tipped the outlet to the story said the Secret Service “kept an informal hand in maintaining the former vice president’s security” after he left office as Barack Obama’s vice president.
“If true, USSS must explain to Congress why such informal actions were taken and whether they were necessary in light of the circumstances,” the senators wrote.
There is also a question about Hunter even being able to obtain a firearm.
A few years earlier, he had been booted from the U.S. Naval Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. But when he filed the required paperwork to buy the .38 revolver, he answered “no” to the question, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Legal experts have said that it’s rare that anyone is prosecuted for lying on a federal firearms form. But given what else the Bidens appear to have been able to get away with, this entire incident isn’t surprising.