Hunter Biden sent a text message saying the Secret Service responded after his gun went missing in 2018, contradicting the agency’s claim that he was not involved, The Post learned.
In a lengthy message sent the following year, President Biden’s son described the situation in detail, saying that his former sister-in-law-turned-lover, Hallie Biden, threw the firearm into a garbage container outside Janssen’s Market, a convenience store. gourmet groceries in Wilmington, Del.
“She stole the gun from the safe in my trunk and threw it in a full trash can in Jansens. [sic]. Then he told me it was my problem dealing with him, ”Hunter wrote.
“Then when the police, the FBI, the secret service came to the scene, they said they took it from me because they were afraid that it would hurt me because of my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that they were afraid for the children”.
The January 29, 2019 message adds: “Actually, without joking, the policeman kept me convinced that Hallie was hinting that she was afraid of me.”
In another message, sent closer to the incident, Hunter described the pistol as “my 38.”
“He took it from the truck’s safe and put it IN A PAPER BAG AND tossed it in the trash at a local high-end store. For no reason, ”he wrote on December 6, 2018.
“And I was scared when I saw that it was 10 minutes away after she took it and when she came back to look for it after I scared her, it was gone, prompting the state police to investigate me. True story.”
Both messages are contained on a hard drive obtained by The Post that contains the contents of a damaged laptop that Hunter left at the Wilmington repair shop in April 2019 and was never recovered.
The Macbook Pro laptop was later seized by the FBI, apparently as part of what Hunter said last year is an investigation into his “tax affairs” by the Delaware Federal Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, Politico reported that the incident involving Hunter’s .38 caliber revolver took place on October 23, 2018, and that the firearm was pulled from the trash and turned over several days later by an older man who found it while I was looking for recyclable material. articles.
During the course of an investigation into her disappearance, Secret Service agents approached the owner of the gun store where Hunter bought it 11 days earlier and asked for documentation related to the purchase, Politico said, citing two sources familiar with the matter. .
The store owner rejected the request, suspecting that the Secret Service wanted to cover up Hunter’s property if the weapon was later used in a crime, Politico said.
The owner later turned over the documents to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which regulates the sale of weapons, Politico said.
Law enforcement officials told Politico that any Secret Service involvement, whether on behalf of the Biden family or on their own initiative, would be inappropriate because the incident was being investigated by the Delaware State Police and the FBI.
In a statement Thursday, the Secret Service denied any involvement in the missing weapon investigation.
“US Secret Service records confirm that the agency did not provide protection to any member of the Biden family in 2018, and that the Secret Service was not involved in this alleged incident,” the agency said.
The Secret Service doubled down on that statement Friday, saying: The agency contends that there was no Secret Service involvement in the aforementioned matter.
The White House said Friday it was backed by a statement Thursday that said: “President Biden had no knowledge of or was involved in the alleged role of the Secret Service in this incident, and neither he nor any member of the family was protected. at that moment.
The White House also said Thursday: “President Biden had no knowledge of or was involved in the alleged role of the Secret Service in this incident, and neither he nor any member of his family was protected at the time.”
Photos posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon showed Hunter, his wife Melissa Cohen, and their young son preparing to board Air Force One with President Biden for a flight to Delaware.
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Hunter texted former celebrity psychiatrist Keith Ablow, a longtime Fox News contributor whose Massachusetts medical license was suspended in 2019 and then expired.
The Massachusetts Board of Medicine called him “an immediate and serious threat to public health, safety and welfare” on allegations that he “engaged in sexual activity and boundary violations with multiple patients, diverted controlled substances from patients , engaged in disruptive behavior, including displaying and pointing a firearm multiple times in a manner that scared an employee and fraudulently obtained his license renewal. “
Hunter also sent the 2019 message to Hallie, with whom she acknowledged having an intimate relationship following the death of her husband, older brother Beau Biden, and while separated from his now-ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle.
According to a July 2019 profile in the New Yorker, Hunter and Hallie separated several months after they began living together in August 2017, after which they moved to Los Angeles in early 2018.
Hallie did not immediately respond to messages left at two phone numbers listed in her name, and Hunter’s attorney also did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Ablow declined to comment.
Additional reporting by Steven Nelson