According to reports, the Secret Service was involved in a strange gun case involving Hunter Biden.
According to a source, Hunter Biden's girlfriend at the time — his former sister-in-law, Hallie — took his pistol and threw it into the garbage, believing he was going to kill himself with it.
Politico reported on Thursday that when she returned to get the gun, it was gone.
According to the paper, police in Delaware launched an investigation to see if the gun, which was found in a trash can across from a high school, had been used in a crime.
According to Politico, Secret Service agents called the owner of the store where Hunter purchased the gun and requested the paperwork recording the sale.
The owner, Ron Palmieri, initially refused the subpoena, believing they were attempting to conceal Hunter's ownership of the gun, but eventually gave in and turned over the records to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the federal agency in charge of gun laws.
President Biden was not under protection at the time, according to the Secret Service, which said it had no record of agents investigating the incident.
A man who searches trash cans for recyclables returned the gun several days later.
The event resulted in no charges or arrests.
The Secret Service's position is still unclear.
However, Politico obtained a copy of the transaction as well as a receipt from the purchase on Oct. 12.
Hunter said "no" to the question on the transaction that asked, "Are you an illegal user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic medication, or other regulated substance?"
Hunter had been discharged from the Navy Reserve five years prior after testing positive for cocaine, according to the article, and he and Biden family members have been transparent about his substance use.
It is a crime to lie on a form.
Hunter was divorced from his first wife, Kathleen, at the time, and having an affair with Hallie, the widow of his brother Beau, who died of cancer in 2015.
When asked if he had been doing drugs or drinking, Hunter responded, "Listen, it isn't like that." According to the paper, “I believe she thinks I was planning to commit suicide.”
Hallie Biden and Hunter's lawyer, George Mesires, did not respond to Politico's requests for comment.
Hallie searched Hunter's pickup truck near her Wilmington home because she had "suspicions," according to a report from the Delaware State Police, and discovered the.38 caliber revolver, Politico wrote.
The Secret Service has declined to comment on its role.
When asked whether the Secret Service had asked for assistance in providing support for Biden when he was not under Secret Service protection, a Delaware State Police spokesman said no.
“I've contacted our sergeant in charge of the Delaware State Police's Executive Protection Unit. The spokesman said, "He is unaware of any such requests or services rendered."
According to the paper, some Secret Service agents in Wilmington, Del., and Philadelphia remained informally linked to the former vice president's security at the time of the incident, according to a law enforcement source.
Since it was already under investigation by the Delaware State Police, the Secret Service's presence, whether on its own initiative or at the request of a Biden family member, would be unacceptable, according to the report.
Federal authorities are looking into Hunter Biden's "tax affairs" related to his overseas business dealings.
According to a series of reports published by The Washington Post in October, the investigation also includes Hunter's laptop, which contains correspondence and records relating to his business dealings in China and Ukraine.
His father was also connected to those transactions, according to documents recovered from the laptop.
Hunter and his family were “involved in a vast financial network that linked them to foreign nationals and foreign governments around the globe,” according to a study released by Republican senators in September.
Former President Barack Obama's administration ignored "warning signs" when his uncle, then-Vice President Joe Biden, joined the board of Burisma, a natural gas company in Ukraine that was under investigation and was known for corruption.
According to the paper, the company paid Hunter Biden as much as $50,000 a month because his father was involved in US policy on Ukraine.