In a continuing issue regarding Hunter Biden, it appears that the Secret Service’s role was and remains inconsistent.
The Blaze stated in 2018, citing an unidentified source, that in October of that year, Hallie Biden, the wife of Hunter’s brother Beau, placed his pistol in a trash can outside of a supermarket. According to the Delaware State Police, the matter has been sent to the Delaware Department of Justice.
According to The Blaze, agents from the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) visited the gun store where Hunter Biden acquired the firearm in issue. The Delaware State Police denied access to the requested information, and the Department of Justice did not respond to an inquiry.
In their initial answer from April 2021, the Secret Service stated it had identified records and will process them. However, more than a year later in October, the agency stated that the answer was received in mistake and that no responsive documents had ever been identified. A Secret Service spokeswoman informed The Epoch Times via email at the time that the service “maintains there was no Secret Service involvement in the matter.”
Politico reported in 2021, using a police report and unidentified sources, that the firearm was discarded near Janssen’s Market in Greenville, triggering calls from two individuals, including the store’s general manager.
“We complied with the police and gave them whatever security footage we could,” Paula Janssen, the general manager, told the outlet.
In September, in response to a similar FOIA request by Judicial Watch, the Secret Service informed The Epoch Times that it “searched all Program Offices that were likely to contain potentially responsive records, and no records were located.”
The ATF has admitted that it possesses data pertaining to the event, but a court has determined that the agency is not required to reveal them.
Now it appears that the United States Secret Service (USSS) has uncovered hundreds of pages of data pertaining to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden and the abandoned pistol.
On the basis of the claims, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Secret Service requesting incident-related information, including reports, telephone logs, and witness testimonies.
In response to a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the Secret Service has identified more than one hundred relevant documents.
“Since the Complaint was filed, the Parties have conferred about the intended scope of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request and, in response, USSS has run supplemental searches and located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages, potentially responsive to Judicial Watch’s request under the clarified understanding of that request,” the Secret Service and Judicial Watch said in a joint case report filed with the U.S. court in Washington, D.C. on November 10.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement that the Secret Service’s shifting account of the firearms incident involving Hunter Biden raises new doubts about its participation. The tenacity of Judicial Watch may result in the release of records that the Secret Service said did not exist.
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The Secret Service did not respond to a request for comment.
Government lawyers had claimed that the complaint lacked merit, but now say they’ll produce the documents they’ve identified, pending communication with the Executive Branch. CONTINUE READING…