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Report: Secret Service was involved in a 2018 Hunter Biden gun incident

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The Secret Service intervened in a 2018 police investigation after Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden, the wife of Hunter Biden’s deceased brother, Beau Biden, were involved in a firearm-related incident, POLITICO has revealed in a report.

On Oct. 23, 2018, Hallie Biden discovered a .38 revolver gun in Hunter Biden’s pick-up truck. Hallie, worried that Hunter may harm himself with it, wrapped the gun in plastic and threw it away in a grocery store trash can.

Hallie told Hunter what she did and Hunter ordered her to retrieve the gun from the trash can, but by the time she returned, the gun was gone.

Delaware State Police and the FBI began investigating the incident, with concerns that the gun could be used in a crime.

The FBI asked Hunter if he was doing drugs or drinking. Hunter denied and said that Hallie was concerned that he was going to commit suicide.

“Listen, it isn’t like that. I think she believes I was gonna kill myself,” Hunter told the authorities, according to the report.

Moreover, Hunter reportedly told the FBI he used the gun for target practice.

Secret Service agents then visited the store where Hunter purchased the gun and asked for records that proved Hunter owned the weapon.

The store owner refused to hand the records to the agents.

“The gun store owner 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, the two people said. The owner, Ron Palmieri, later turned over the papers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws,” POLITICO reported.

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,” POLITICO reported.

Lying on the form is a felony that can carry a 10-year prison sentence with a $250,000 fine.

The gun was reportedly returned days later by a man who regularly rummaged through the store’s trash bins.

There were no charges or arrests, according to POLITICO.

At the time, the FBI was monitoring Hunter as part of an ongoing investigation involving his taxes.

The Secret Service reportedly says it has no record of its agents investigating the incident and the White House reportedly claims that Joe Biden was not aware of the Secret Service’s role in the incident.

“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.”

Read the full report here.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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