The lawsuit, filed Sept. 19 (pdf) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, noted that Judicial Watch filed its first FOIA request in March 2021 following reports that Hunter Biden’s sister-in-law Hallie Biden threw his handgun in the trash in Delaware. After that request was filed, the Secret Service denied involvement and declined to hand over records in connection to the incident.
The latest complaint is asking the Department of Homeland Security for Secret Service records in connection to the alleged incident and is seeking relevant “reports, telephone logs, witness statements, and memoranda.” It’s also seeking to obtain messages between Secret Service officials and others.
Text messages from Hunter Biden’s laptop show that he criticized Hallie after learning that she had tossed his gun in the trash, according to reports. He said the incident is now “in the hands of the FBI” and said the FBI opened an investigation into him after the alleged incident. Other text messages suggest that the Secret Service got involved in response to the gun incident.
“Beau owned a handgun issued by the state and I[t] was in the front glove compartment of his car. So [expletive] you … What right do you [expletive] have Hallie,” Hunter reportedly wrote in October 2018 to Hallie. “There are 5 guns in dads house. There are [expletive] more weapons in your sons room then in an armory.”
After Hunter Biden’s gun reportedly went missing, no charges were brought and no arrests have been made.
“The Secret Service and the Biden administration apparently are in cover-up mode for Hunter Biden,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Sept. 20. “Whether it’s Hunter Biden’s laptop, his business practices and travel, or these documents related to the careless disposal of a gun in a dumpster near a high school, this administration continues to put up unlawful roadblocks to any effort to investigate the activities of the Biden family, particularly Hunter.”
It comes days after a judge ruled the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) doesn’t have to release the records, which are believed to include a form Hunter Biden submitted while purchasing a firearm in 2018.
An Ohio-based reporter named David Codrea asked the ATF in 2020 for all records related to the disappearance of a gun from a vehicle owned by Hunter Biden. He cited a story from The Blaze, and Politico later reported on the situation as well.
The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of Homeland Security for comment.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.