Secret Service Tried to Step In on Police Investigation of Hunter Biden's Missing Gun
Joe Biden's son reportedly entangled in bizarre 2018 incident involving a gun
The U.S. Secret Service attempted to intervene in a 2018 police investigation into a missing gun owned by Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, according to reports.
The police launched an investigation when Hunter's then-girlfriend, his brother's widow Hallie, threw a gun she'd found in his car into a trash can outside a high-end grocery store because she thought he was going to kill himself with it.
The bizarre incident was revealed in a Thursday report by Politico.
Two people familiar with the matter told Politico that, following the October 23, 2018, incident, Secret Service agents reportedly visited the store where the Hunter bought the firearm and demanded the gun sale paperwork.
The gun store owner, Ron Palmieri, reportedly feared the agents might want to cover up Biden’s gun ownership in case it was involved in a crime.
Palmieri said he refused to give the paperwork to them and instead gave it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
“Palmieri refused to hand over the transaction record to the Secret Service agents because such records fall under the purview of the ATF,” the report notes.
“The Secret Service agents left without the records, according to the people familiar with the case.
"Later that day, the ATF arrived at the store to inspect the records.”
According to the Firearms Transaction Record, the gun was purchased on Oct. 12, 2018.
Hunter purportedly lied on the transaction form by responding “no” to a question that asked, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve five years before the incident after he tested positive for cocaine.
Prior to the Secret Service’s alleged involvement, Hallie told Hunter that she tossed the gun, prompting him to demand she return for it, according to The Daily Caller.
Upon returning, Hallie realized the gun was missing from the trash can, according to Politico.
She told the grocery store, who then contacted the police.
Delaware police began investigating because the grocery store was across from a high school.
The FBI also arrived on the scene as it was – and still is – investigating Hunter, according to Politico.
Eventually, the .38 revolver was returned by an elderly man who often looked through garbages to collect recyclables.
No one was charged in the incident, Politico noted.
The Secret Service denied involvement in the incident, according to a spokesperson’s statement to Politico.
A Delaware state police spokesman also noted that the sergeant overseeing the Executive Protection Unit “is unaware of any such requests or services provided” by the Secret Service.
“U.S. Secret Service records confirm that the agency did not provide protection to any member of the Biden family in 2018, and that the Secret Service had no involvement in this alleged incident,” a Secret Service spokesperson said.
The Delaware police’s statement was in response to a question on “whether the Secret Service requested state police security for Biden during the period when he was not under the agency’s protection,” Politico reported.
A White House spokesperson also said Biden had no recollection of the Secret Service allegedly trying to insert itself into the situation.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
Hunter spoke to police during the 2018 situation and said the gun was used for target practice.
He implied that the grocery store had suspicious employees and gestured towards two workers described in the police report as “Mexican males,” noting that they were “prolly illegal.”
Hunter also became angry when questioned about whether the revolver had ever been used in a crime and dismissed questions of drug use, Politico reported, citing the police report.
The missing gun incident happened after Hunter was discharged from the Naval Reserves because he tested positive for cocaine.
It also occurred after he divorced his first wife and as he was involved romantically with Hallie, his dead brother’s widow.
According to the Firearms Transaction Record, obtained by Politico, Hunter denied being “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”
“Lying on the form is a felony, though prosecutions for it are exceedingly rare,” Politico reported.
Law enforcement officials noted that the Secret Service involving itself in the situation “would be inappropriate interference,” according to the publication.