The Secret Service intervened in an investigation into a 2018 incident involving Hunter Biden and his girlfriend at the time and former sister-in-law, Hallie, in which she took his gun and tossed it into the trash thinking he was going to kill himself with it, according to a report.
When she returned to retrieve the gun, it was gone, Politico reported on Thursday.
Police in Delaware launched an investigation in case the gun, left in a trash can across from a high school, had been used in a crime, the report said.
But Secret Service agents contacted the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork recording the sale, Politico reported.
The owner, Ron Palmieri, at first balked at the request, suspecting they were attempting to hide Hunter’s ownership of the gun, but then ultimately complied and turned over the documents to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the government agency that oversees federal gun laws.
The Secret Service said it has no record of agents investigating the incident and said President Joe Biden was not under protection at the time.
Then, several days later, the gun was returned by a man who searches trash cans for recyclables.
There were no charges filed or arrests in the incident.
The role of the Secret Service remains unclear.
But Politico got a copy of the transaction and a receipt from the Oct. 12 purchase.
Hunter answered “no” to the question on the transaction asking, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Hunter had been discharged from the Navy Reserve five years earlier after testing positive for cocaine and he and Biden family members have been open about his history of drug abuse, the report said.
Lying on the form is a felony.