Washington, DC – Two U.S. senators are pushing back at the U.S. Secret Service’s denial of involvement in the incident surrounding the disappearance of a gun purchased by Hunter Biden.
Emails recovered from Hunter’s abandoned laptop showed that he told people that U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had responded to the scene after he lost a handgun he had allegedly illegally purchased, but the Secret Service and the White House are still denying it.
President Joe Biden and the U.S. Secret Service both claimed they had no knowledge of Secret Service agents trying to intervene after a .38 revolver Hunter allegedly illegally purchased went missing.
The New York Post released copies of text and email messages recovered from the laptop that Hunter never retrieved from the repair shop.
The publication has a copy of the contents of Hunter’s abandoned laptop that was seized from the store owner allegedly as part of a tax investigation by the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office into the President’s son after the news went public ahead of his father’s 2020 election.
The New York Post reported that the laptop contained messages sent by Hunter to several friends documenting the presence of the Secret Service at the scene when his gun went missing.
The Secret Service has repeatedly denied any involvement with Hunter after his official protection ended, and the contents of Hunter’s laptop bring into question the veracity of those statements.
U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) sent a letter to U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray on March 25 asking for all of the agency’s records related to the missing gun incident, according to a press release from Grassley’s office.
The Secret Service responded to the senators’ request in a letter on March 31 in which said the agency hadn’t located any records responsive to what they had asked for, according to another press release from Grassley’s office.
Unsatisfied with that, Grassley and Johnson sent a second demand letter to Murray on April 5 that said questions remained about the allegations of “unusual and inappropriate” involvement of the Secret Service in Biden family matters while they were not under the agency’s protection.
“Hunter Biden’s own alleged account of the October 2018 incident, described in recently released text messages, explicitly references the Secret Service’s involvement,” the senators’ letter read.
“Hunter Biden allegedly wrote on January 29, 2019: She stole my gun out of my truck lock box and threw [it] in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene she said she took it from me because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids,” the letter continued.
“Accordingly, your office’s assertion that it cannot locate records related to this incident demands further explanation,” Grassley and Johnson continued. “The Secret Service must explain, in detail, the steps that it took to respond to the committees, including whether your office communicated with any current or former personnel that may have been connected to the incident.”
The letter also called out Murray for the Secret Service’s failure to respond to an October of 2020 inquiry into “emails that reference travel plans for Hunter Biden involving Secret Service agents in the summer of 2015, approximately one year after his protection terminated.”
The senators’ said the agency has had five months to respond to the records request and demanded again that they do so no later than April 19.
On Sunday, Hunter Biden told CBS News that he didn’t know if the highly-controversial laptop he abandoned at a Wilmington computer repair shop in April of 2019 had been hacked by Russians or was even actually his.