In 2018, Hunter Biden purchased a handgun by lying on a government form. The falsehood, as it was delivered, is a felony that earns offenders up to 10 years in prison.
ATF Form 4473 includes questions regarding drug addiction and unlawful drug use, and Biden, a crack cocaine user at the time, answered no on the forms. In accordance with the Hunter Biden investigation, the Secret Service found more than 100 records involving the incident.
The records indicate a turn in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case brought on by Judicial Watch. The case was provoked after the Secret Service denounced a statement that said it found documents about discovering a discarded firearm owned by Biden. The gun was found in a Delaware dumpster several years back.
BREAKING: The United States Secret Service has repeatedly changed its position about whether it is in possession of records related to the investigation of Hunter Biden’s gun, reportedly disposed of in a dumpster in Delaware (1/3). https://t.co/Mh93u68X9U
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) December 1, 2022
Judicial Watch alleged that the records found to show evidence that the Secret Service is either corrupt or disillusioned by the facts. The joint filing between the conservative group and the secret service parent, Homeland Security Department, states that the two parties held meetings that further clarified the requested investigation. In response to the request, the U.S. Secret Service ran supplemental searches and located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages of information on the case.
The Judicial Watch filed its FOIA requests after reports that Hallie Biden took a handgun owned by Hunter and placed it into the garbage at a Delaware supermarket in 2018. Hallie was married to Hunter’s brother Beau who passed away. When the gun was discarded, Hunter and Hallie were reportedly dating, and Hunter was unaware of Hallie’s actions. When Hallie went to retrieve the gun, she found it missing, according to a police report — the weapon was returned by a man who frequently “dumpster dives” at the market where the gun was discarded.
Text messages uncovered between Hallie and Hunter reveal that she was concerned Hunter would “use” the firearm against other people. No arrests were made or charges filed at the time of the incident. There is a question as to why the secret service was involved during the incident as they were not protecting now- President Joe Biden.
Sources revealed that the Secret Service agents spoke to the store owner and asked where the gun was purchased. The store owner was suspicious of the requested information and felt they may have wanted to conceal Hunter’s firearm ownership. The agents denied involvement in the incident. The initial process of records is due to the FOIA lawsuit by January 9, 2023.
After publishing the files to the conservative group’s website, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “The Secret Service’s changing story on records raises additional questions about its role in the Hunter Biden gun incident. One thing is clear, Judicial Watch’s persistence means the public may get records that the Secret Service suggests didn’t exist.”