The U.S. Secret Service has been implicated in a bizarre incident in which a gun belonging to Hunter Biden was thrown into a trash can behind a grocery store and then found missing, the Politico website reported Thursday.
Delaware police feared the weapon, a .38 revolver, could be found and used in a crime, the website said, adding that it was ultimately found by a man looking for the trash for recycling.
The Secret Service reportedly approached the store where the gun was purchased, seeking to obtain all records of the transaction. The owner reportedly refused.
Hunter Biden is the president’s second son. The incident allegedly occurred at the end of October 2018, when Joe Biden was absent from his duties and did not benefit from official protection from the secret services.
Hunter Biden has been the target of efforts by supporters of Donald Trump to dig up political filth on the family, efforts which in part led to Trump’s first impeachment. A right-wing website, the Blaze, reported the gun incident in October of last year.
The Secret Service told Politico they had no record of the alleged incident. A spokesperson also said that “records confirm that the agency did not provide protection to any member of the Biden family in 2018 and that the Secret Service was not involved in this alleged incident.”
A White House spokesman told the website: “President Biden had no knowledge of or involvement in the alleged role of the Secret Service in this incident, and neither he nor any member of his family was protected. at this moment.”
Politico also reported that the Secret Service had been involved in the informal protection of the former vice president. The secret services did not comment on this assertion.
Politico said he obtained copies of records relating to Hunter Biden’s purchase of the weapon on October 12, 2018. He replied that he answered “no” to a question about illegal use or addiction to ” marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic or other controlled substance ”.
“Five years earlier,” the website said, “he had been discharged from the US Navy reserve after testing positive for cocaine, and he and his family spoke about his history of drug use. drug.
“Lying on the form is a crime, although prosecution is extremely rare.”
The website also reported that the gun was thrown in the trash by Joe Biden’s daughter-in-law Hallie Biden, the widow of President Beau Biden’s son, a former Delaware attorney general who died of brain cancer. in 2015.
Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were in a romantic relationship at the time, Politico reported. Hallie Biden reportedly returned to the grocery store to find the weapon, but was unable to.
Citing a Delaware police report, Politico said Hunter Biden told officers he used the weapon to practice target. When asked if the gun had been used in a crime, he allegedly “got very agitated” and asked if a police officer “was intentionally trying to drive him crazy”.
When asked if he had used drugs or drank a lot, he reportedly replied, “Look, it’s not like that. I think she thinks I was going to kill myself.
The Politico report offers a taste of what could happen when Hunter Biden publishes a memoir next month.
The book, Beautiful Things, will focus on young Biden’s well-known struggles with drug addiction, according to Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster who acquired the title in late 2019.
News of the book has been kept under wraps as Hunter Biden’s business relationship became a fixture of Trump and others during the election and his finances came under investigation by the US Department of Justice.
The advertising plans for the book remain opaque. The Guardian has been informed that Hunter Biden will not be seated for interviews with headlines in print.
Politico said neither Hallie Biden nor an attorney for Hunter Biden responded to requests for comment.