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Hunter Biden said he has “no idea” whether the Secret Service got involved when his former sister-in-law and then-lover tossed his .38-caliber pistol into a supermarket’s trash bin over fears he may hurt himself.
Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter’s brother Beau who died in 2015 of brain cancer, took the weapon from Hunter’s truck in 2018 and threw it into the garbage at Janssen’s Market, a gourmet grocery store in Wilmington, Del.
In a rare media appearance promoting his new book, “Beautiful Things,” CBS News’ Anthony Mason asked about the recently reported incident and if Hallie was trying to protect him.
“I think she…yes. Yeah, I think she was just concerned about me,” Hunter said on “CBS This Morning.”
Asked why he had the pistol, Hunter said “my life was difficult. … Hallie’s intent was to, to make certain that I didn’t do anything to hurt myself.”
“We knew that the gun was lost, that Hallie had thrown into a trash can. And I told her you can’t do that when I realized that it was gone. And so she went back again and then they, the police, came to help retrieve the gun, which was retrieved, someone had gone to the trash and picked it up and they found it within hours I believe. And so that was the end of the story,” he said.
Mason asked if the Secret Service got involved.
“I have no idea. I don’t know whether the Secret Service were, or why they would be. I don’t think that that’s true, to my knowledge,” he said.
But according to a text message sent by Hunter months after the incident, he said the Secret Service did get involved.
“She stole the gun out of my trunk lock box and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,” Hunter wrote in the January 2019 message.
“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,” Hunter wrote, The Post revealed.
At the time, Hunter’s father was not under Secret Service protection.
The message was found on a hard drive obtained by The Post that holds the contents of a damaged laptop computer that was left at Wilmington repair shop by Hunter in April 2019 and never retrieved.
The emails found on the laptop also revealed Hunter’s foreign dealings in Ukraine and China, and his father’s apparent involvement.
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