Why Was the Secret Service Covering Up for Hunter Biden in 2018?
The upcoming Hunter Biden memoir isn't just about cashing in on the Big Guy. Nor is it just about covering up the laptop stuff. There's a lot more dirt where that came from which hasn't even seen the light of day and the memoir is meant to define Hunter as a guy who used to have lots of problems.
Because stuff like this keeps coming up.
On Oct. 23, 2018, President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and daughter in law Hallie were involved in a bizarre incident in which Hallie took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store, only to return later to find it gone.
Delaware police began investigating, concerned that the trash can was across from a high school and that the missing gun could be used in a crime, according to law enforcement officials and a copy of the police report obtained by POLITICO.
But a curious thing happened at the time: Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.
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.
What do Biden and the Secret Service say?
The Secret Service says it has no record of its agents investigating the incident, and Joe Biden, who was not under protection at the time, said through a spokesperson he has no knowledge of any Secret Service involvement.
No records doesn't mean it didn't happen. It means that no paperwork was filed for obvious reasons. If you're trying to cover up for the screwy unstable son of Joe Biden, you're not going to write up your extremely dubious intervention.
Biden was not under protection. Hunter Biden was not a public official. The Secret Service should not have been involved in this. Period.
So why were Secret Service personnel doing favors for Biden? There are a few obvious answers, but the most obvious one is that this did not come out of the blue. It had been the job of some specific personnel to manage the Hunter Biden problem. And this was an extension of that.
One law enforcement official said that at the time of the incident, individual Secret Service agents at the agency’s offices in Wilmington, Del., and Philadelphia kept an informal hand in maintaining the former vice president’s security. The person cited an instance in 2019 when the Wilmington office of the Secret Service called the Delaware State Police to arrange security for a public appearance by Biden.
Which is to say, favors were being done for Biden who remained a likely 2020 candidate.
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.
Lying on the form is a felony, though prosecutions for it are exceedingly rare.
Prosecuting Democrat politicians for anything short of major crimes that are obvious and inescapable is rare. The higher they are, the less likely they are to be prosecuted. But it's unlikely that this was the only form that Hunter Biden had lied on.
Here's where things get interesting...
The incident began when Hallie searched Hunter’s pickup, which was parked at her home in Wilmington, because of unspecified “suspicions she had,” according to the Delaware State Police report. Inside the truck, she found a .38 revolver.
Hallie took the gun to Janssen’s Market, a nearby high-end grocery store where the Bidens are longtime regular customers. There, she tossed the gun, wrapped in a black shopping bag, into a trash bin outside of the store.
Two obvious reasons for Hallie to throw away Hunter's gun come to mind.
1. She was worried he was going to use the gun on himself
2. She was worried he was going to use the gun on someone else
Hunter claimed that Hallie thought he was suicidal. But the reaction here is interesting...
When a police officer asked Hunter whether the gun had been used in a crime, the officer reported that Hunter "became very agitated with me and asked me if I was intentionally trying to make him mad," according to the report.
This isn't a good way to talk to a police officer if you just did what the Hunter-Hallie couple did. Unless your dad is the local big guy. Which he is.
But, Hunter didn't answer the question. That's bad.
And then we get this strange moment.
An officer asked Hunter whether he had called his father about the incident before he arrived. Hunter responded, “I have never called my dad for anything,” according to the police report.
Cops don't generally ask adult men if they contacted their daddies.
Meanwhile, two separate federal law enforcement agencies got involved in the case of Hunter's gun
The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene, according to people familiar with the situation. At the time, the FBI was monitoring Hunter Biden as part of an investigation that remains ongoing and that currently focuses on his taxes. The FBI declined to comment.
There's little reason to expect much from the FBI, but if Hunter's name were Eric Trump, you know that this would have leaked a long time ago and resulted in congressional hearings.
At the very least.
Meanwhile, we're just hearing about this now.
So why did the FBI decide to show up over the gun incident. We know why the Secret Service showed up. But, seemingly, Biden's gun situation has little overlap with the existing FBI investigation into Hunter's financial dealings. Unless those dealings had a violent organized crime tinge to them.
We don't know how bad it gets, but we do know that the Secret Service, or people claiming to be, showed up to interfere in the case.
It's unlikely that Hunter Biden could have done that on his own. That means Joe Biden or people in his inner circle told some Secret Service people to get it done.