This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Just one of the lesser scandals generated by Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is his apparent illegal statement when he bought a handgun.
The New York Post reported that in October 2018 Hunter Biden’s sister-in-law-turned-lover, Hallie Biden allegedly tossed Hunter’s .38-caliber revolver in a dumpster outside a grocery store in Wilmington, Del.
Hallie, who had been married to Hunter’s late brother Beau Biden, reportedly claimed in text messages that she was afraid her boyfriend would "use" the gun, the report said.
The issue is that when Hunter bought the gun he stated he was not using illegal drugs, even though that happened at the height of his self-admitted drug bingeing.
Now government watchdog Judicial Watch has reported getting 487 pages of records from the U.S. Secret Service regarding that scandal.
The watchdog noted that Secret Service officials openly discussed media reports of the agency's involvement, with one finding it "odd" the Secret Service was involved at all.
It's because Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were not getting Secret Service protection at the time.
Another official noted, "Maybe we were asked for a favor?"
Judicial Watch said it is looking into "whether and how the Secret Service intervened for Hunter Biden in an incident involving a gun allegedly owned by him. In September 2022, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records or communications about the reported purchase, possession, and disposal of a firearm owned by Hunter Biden found in a Delaware dumpster in October 2018."
The details about the scandal were passed back and forth among Secret Service officials, with one commenting, "Oh dear…"
The responses included one that said, "It’s kind of odd that we were involved in the missing gun investigation when neither Hunter nor Joe was even receiving USSS [Secret Service] protection at the time? Hmmm," and another that said, "Maybe we were asked for a favor?"
Secret Service officials notified about the events included James Henry, then in charge of the Philadelphia office, Michael D'Ambrosio, assistant director, Steven Stanford, deputy assistant, and Leonza Newsome III, deputy director.
The agency did confirm agents "visited StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply and asked to take possession of the paperwork Hunter had filled out to purchase a gun there. The FBI also had some involvement in the investigation."
But the agency also released a statement about the same time that its agents "had no involvement" in the situation.
The gun shop operators have reported federal officials asked for the paperwork regarding the gun sale.
At one point, a Politico report said it was "curious" that Secret Service agents tried to take control of the paperwork from the gun purchase.
Further, Judicial Watch reported, text messages from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop confirmed, "She stole the gun out of my trunk lock box and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with."
Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, pointed out, "These new documents suggest that one can’t take at face value the Secret Service’s denial that it wasn’t involved in the Hunter Biden gun cover-up."
National Review reported when Hunter Biden answered "no" to the question, "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?" he may have committed a felony.
The question was part of a background check in order for him to purchase the gun.
The report confirmed, "Hunter Biden has battled drug addiction through much of his adult life, and was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after failing a drug test. The president’s son was stopped by police with a crack pipe in his car in 2017, and an assailant aimed a gun at him while he was trying to purchase cocaine in Los Angeles in 2016."