The Secret Service tried to intervene in a police investigation in 2018 after Hunter Biden‘s then-girlfriend, his brother’s widow Hallie, threw a gun she’d found in his car into a grocery store trash can because she thought he was going to kill himself with it.
The bizarre incident was revealed by Politico on Thursday.
Hallie had been searching Hunter’s truck because she had ‘suspicions’. She found a .38 revolver then drove to the Janssen’s Market, a grocery store in Wilmington, where she threw the gun away. She had wrapped it in a black shopping bag and put it in a trash bin.
She then told Hunter what she’d done and he ordered her to go back and get it. When she did, it was gone.
She told the store and the store’s general manager called police.
The FBI were called to the scene and both Hunter and Hallie were interviewed by police. During one of his interviews, he referred to two Mexican store workers as ‘suspicious’ and said they were ‘prolly illegal’.
In October 2018, Hallie Biden tossed a gun that she’d found in Hunter Biden’s pick-up truck. She was concerned he was going to kill himself with it, he told police later. She then went to retrieve it but it had gone and that’s when police got involved. Hunter is shown, left, at his father’s inauguration in January with his son, Hunter
When a cop asked if the gun had been used in a crime, Hunter ‘became very agitated’ and asked the cop if he was intentionally lying to ‘make him mad’.
A .38 revolver, similar to the kind Hallie found in Hunter’s truck
The cop then asked him if he’d been using drugs or was drunk and he said: ‘Listen, it isn’t like that.
‘I think she believes I was gonna kill myself.’
Hunter’s drug and alcohol problems have been well documented.
While the pair were being questioned, Secret Service agents went to StarQuest Shooters – where Hunter had purchased the gun on October 12 – and asked owner Ron Palmieri if he’d give them the sale records.
Ron Palmieri – refused to hand them over. He said he did not want the Secret Service to try to hide Hunter’s connection to the weapon if it had been used in a crime.
Within a few days, the gun reappeared when a man who regularly went through the trash bins of the store brought it back.
No one was arrested or charged and the incident was kept mostly a secret.
Hallie wrapped the gun in a plastic bag and put it in a trash van outside Janssen’s Market in Wilmington
No one in the Biden family was entitled to Secret Service protection at the time but Politico cites unnamed sources who say that agents from the Secret Service offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia kept an ‘informal’ role in protecting them after Joe left office as Vice President in 2017.
Vice Presidents are not entitled to lifelong Secret Service protection in the way that Presidents are.
The Secret Service told Politico it had no record of any involvement of its officers in the investigation.
Hunter, during his police interview, told police he never asked his father for ‘anything’.
Hunter and Hallie’s relationship was revealed in 2017, two years after Beau’s death. Beau died from a brain tumor.
Hunter bought the .38 revolver from Starquest Shooters in Delaware on October 12, 2018
An interior shot of the gun store where he filled out forms saying he did not use drugs
The owner of the gun store, Ron Palmieri, said Secret Service agents visited the store and asked for the records that proved Hunter owned the gun. He refused to give them to them
At the time, Hunter was married to Kathleen, his first wife.
He and Hallie dated for two years before ending their controversial romance.
Hunter’s drug and alcohol problems are well documented. He is shown in one of a series of compromising photos that emerged during his father’ s campaign
Around the same time, it emerged that he’d secretly married a South African woman, Melissa Cohen, six days after meeting her.
They now have a baby son together, who is also called Hunter.
In August 2018, months before the gun incident and when he was still with Hallie, he fathered another child with Lunden Alexis Roberts, a stripper who lives in Arkansas.
She sued him after he stopped paying child support.
Hunter’s problems with drugs and tortured personal love life has been a sore spot for President Biden and plagued his Presidential campaign.
He scarcely talks about him other to say that he supports his sobriety, and has denied ever intervening or abusing his powers to help him.
In response to the Politico revelations, a White House spokesman said on Thursday: ‘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.’
Hallie was married to Hunter’s brother Beau, who died in 2015 after battling cancer
The Biden family at Beau’s funeral in June 2015.