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The Secret Service got involved in another odd incident involving a handgun that belonged to Hunter Biden which was tossed into a trash bin outside a grocery store in 2018, according to a Thursday report from Politico.
The report noted that Hallie found a .38 revolver in Hunter’s pickup after becoming “suspicious” about something, Politico reported, citing sources familiar with the incident as well as police reports and other records the outlet obtained.
Hallie then wrapped the handgun in a black shopping bag, drove to Janssen’s Market, a nearby upscale grocery store often patronized by the Bidens, and tossed the weapon into the trash.
Later, she told Hunter what she had done and he instructed her to go back and retrieve the handgun, but it had gone missing.
Hallie informed the store what she had done and what had happened, and the store manager called police, according to records.
Delaware State Police officers responded as did the FBI, which was monitoring Hunter already as part of a criminal investigation linked to his taxes — a probe that is ongoing.
During questioning by police, Hunter reportedly became agitated when asked if the gun had been used in a crime. Questioned about whether he was using drugs or drinking, Hunter responded, “I think she believes I was gonna kill myself.”
The question about drug abuse is important for one reason alone — Hunter’s history of cocaine abuse.
A few years earlier, Hunter had been kicked out of the U.S. Naval Reserve after testing positive for the drug.
POLITICO obtained copies of the Firearms Transaction Record and a receipt for the gun dated Oct. 12, 2018.
Hunter responded “no” to a question on the transaction record that asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Five years earlier, he had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine, and he and family members have spoken about his history of drug use.
Lying on the form is a felony, though prosecutions for it are exceedingly rare. …
The gun-store incident occurred during a period after Hunter Biden’s administrative discharge from the Naval Reserves for his positive cocaine test and his subsequent divorce from his first wife, Kathleen. At the time of the gun incident, Hunter was in a romantic relationship with Hallie, the widow of his late brother, Beau.
The reported involvement of the Secret Service is also problematic.
At the time, Joe Biden was a former vice president and thus not subject to Secret Service protection. But according to sources that spoke to Politico, two agents went to the gun store where Hunter purchased his weapon and asked for the transaction paperwork.
The gun store owner, Ron Palmieri, “refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting 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.
Later in the day, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the agency that enforces federal firearms laws and regulates gun stores, arrived to inspect the sales records.
“Any involvement by the Secret Service on behalf of the Biden family or on its own initiative would be inappropriate interference in an incident that was already being investigated by Delaware State Police with the involvement of the FBI, according to law enforcement officials,” Politico reported.