During an interview on Monday with CBS’s “This Morning,” Hunter Biden stated that he does not believe that the Secret Service was in any way involved in a search for a handgun that his then-girlfriend threw in the trash back in 2018.
Biden’s comments conflict with text messages that he had reportedly sent several months after the incident in which he referred to Secret Service involvement in the search for his gun.
“I don’t know whether the Secret Service was, or why they would be. I don’t think that’s true, to my knowledge,” Biden stated about reports that the Secret Service intervened in the incident, which took place on October 23, 2018.
Hallie Biden, the widow of Biden’s brother Beau and also Hunter’s former girlfriend threw the gun in a dumpster after fearing that Hunter may harm himself with it. She went back to retrieve the gun and it was gone so she reported the gun missing to the police.
Hallie told police that she threw the gun in a trash can behind a supermarket after taking it from his vehicle.
Reportedly, Delaware state police, the FBI, and Secret Service all participated in the search for the weapon.
The owner of a gun store in Delaware stated that Secret Service agents requested paperwork regarding the sale of the firearm to Biden. The owner says that at first, he refused to provide documents to the Secret Service because he thought they were going to cover up the fact that Biden purchased the gun. He did eventually provide the paperwork to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Last week, the White House and the Secret Service stated that there were no records showing that Secret Service personnel were involved in the investigation. Senate Republicans noted in a letter to the Secret Service last week that the agency was not providing protection to the Biden family at the time of the incident.
In a text message sent just a few months after the incident, Hunter Biden referred to the Secret Service.
“She stole the gun out of my trunk lockbox and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,” Biden wrote in the text message.
“Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene, she said she took it from me because she was scared, I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids,” Hallie stated.
Biden has also acknowledged that a laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop in 2019 filled with compromising information “absolutely” could belong to him.
“I really don’t know what the answer is, that’s the truthful answer,” Biden said. “I have no idea.”
“Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me,” Biden added.
Biden’s acknowledgment comes several months after it was reported that there were emails that suggested that Hunter Biden may have made an introduction between his father, who was at the time vice president, to a Ukrainian advisor to Burisma Holdings back in 2015.
Rudy Giuliani, who was then Donald Trump’s personal attorney, leaked the documents to the press. The emails were reportedly recovered from a laptop computer that was left at a Delaware computer shop in 2019 but never picked up.
The FBI took possession of a laptop. The FBI is still going through the content of the computer as well as the integrity of what is on it because it was not in Hunter Biden’s sole possession prior to being turned into the FBI.