Secret Service reportedly tried to interfere in an investigation into Hunter Biden’s gun, which went temporarily missing after his late brother’s wife and his then-love interest threw it away in a trash can near a grocery store in 2018, a new report from Politico suggests.
Hallie Biden allegedly rummaged through Hunter’s truck, where she discovered and subsequently trashed his .38 revolver due to “suspicions she had.” Later, when Hallie returned to the scene to recover the gun as Joe Biden’s son instructed her to do, it was nowhere to be found. When Hallie notified the grocery store of the missing gun, the manager called the police.
“The missing gun caused heightened concern, according to the police report, because the grocery store sits across the street from Alexis I. du Pont High School,” Politico reported.
Shortly after police and the FBI, which was keeping an eye on Hunter for potential tax crimes in an investigation that is still ongoing, arrived on the scene to question the couple and others, two Secret Service agents equipped with “badges and identification cards” reportedly visited the gun store where Hunter purchased the revolver earlier that month and demanded the owner turn over the Firearms Transaction Record used during Hunter’s purchase.
The store owner, however, held onto the records until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which was authorized to review them, could get to them because the owner “suspected 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,” according to multiple people with a “firsthand knowledge of the episode.” A Secret Service agent also reportedly briefed another source about the event later.
The Secret Service denies any official involvement in the situation and noted that the Biden family’s protection spanned from 2009 to 2017 and did not restart until early 2020, but law enforcement officials said that Secret Service in Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia “kept an informal hand in maintaining the former vice president’s security,” organizing a police presence for at least one of Biden’s appearances in 2019.
The White House also denied any knowledge of or involvement in the incident, citing the same reasons as the Secret Service.
“President Biden did not have any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Secret Service’s alleged role in this incident, and neither he nor any family member was a protectee at that time,” a spokesman told Politico.
When asked by a law enforcement official on the scene if “he had called his father about the incident before he arrived,” Hunter claimed he had “never called my dad for anything.”
Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, a report from the New York Post detailed emails from Hunter’s laptop that showed him “leveraging his connection to his father in a bid to boost his pay from a Ukrainian natural gas company, according to an email he sent around the time he joined the firm’s corporate board,” a story that was largely suppressed by Big Tech oligarchs and corporate media news outlets.