Judicial Watch Wants Answers on Possible Hunter Biden Gun Permit Violation: Conservative organization Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit for answers from the FBI about a pistol owned by Hunter Biden that his sister-in-law and ex-girlfriend, Hallie Biden, tossed in a trash can behind a Delaware grocery store.
What We Know: Hunter Biden and That Gun
The right-leaning watchdog organization submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in January, but received feedback in February saying its request had been denied.
“The FBI and Secret Service have both been implicated in a corrupt clean-up operation to protect Hunter Biden from the criminal consequences of his gun scandal,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.
Federal rules bar people who have used illicit drugs from obtaining a federal gun permit from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The investigation into Hunter Biden’s gun began after Hallie Biden returned to the store looking to retrieve it. She had been concerned that Hunter Biden would use it to commit suicide.
The store owner notified the police about the incident. The Delaware State Police and FBI each showed up to investigate the incident. Hunter Biden had been under investigation by the FBI for potential tax violations at that point in time in 2018.
Perplexingly, Secret Service agents visited the gun store where Hunter Biden bought his gun. Hunter nor his father former Vice President Joe Biden was under Secret Service protection at that time. The agents asked for the form that Hunter Biden used to buy the gun. The owner refused saying it was an ATF issue. The ATF then showed up to examine the record.
Hunter Biden checked that he had not used illegal drugs on the form.
The Secret Service denied investigating the incident until Judicial Watch forced it to produce documents.
Is Hunter Biden in Trouble?
A FBI backgrounder posted online notes that a person would be disqualified from being able to buy a gun under ATF rules if he or she admitted to having used illegal substances in the prior year.
The question is whether Hunter Biden used drugs in the year leading up to the purchase. The Navy discharged him in 2014 for cocaine use.
The Judicial Watch lawsuit asks for: “All records, including investigative reports, telephone logs, witness statements, memoranda, and firearms purchase documentation, related to the reported purchase, possession, and disposal of a firearm owned by Hunter Biden discarded in a Delaware trash receptacle circa October 2018.”
It also asks for all “communications of FBI officials regarding the reported purchase, possession, and disposal of the firearm.”
This potential infraction, among others, has been on the Republican radar recently.
Last month, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany questioned a gun-control advocate why Hunter Biden had not been charged with a crime for his gun purchase.
“If a person lies on ATF Form 4473 and is a user of unlawful drugs, you can get between five and 10 years for that. Is that correct? Is that your understanding?,” Tiffany asked. “Why hasn’t Hunter Biden been prosecuted for the crime that he committed?”
The question in this case boils down to why the FBI and Secret Service intervened and whether Hunter Biden had been clean and sober in the year leading up to the purchase.