After several flip-flops, the United States Secret Service has finally revealed it is in possession of more than 100 records related to yet another Hunter Biden scandal — his alleged gun, which was reportedly ditched in a dumpster in Delaware.
According to its website, Judicial Watch, led by Tom Fitton, “uses the open records or freedom of information laws and other tools to investigate and uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities.”
Following an October 2020 report from the Blaze, in which a source claimed that “in October 2018, Hunter Biden’s handgun was taken from his vehicle without his knowledge by Hallie Biden — the widow of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Beau — and she placed it in a garbage can outside a Delaware supermarket,” Judicial Watch launched an investigation into whether the Secret Service intervened in the situation on the first son’s behalf.
The same source, the Blaze reported, alleged, “agents from the United States Secret Service as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives visited the shop where Hunter Biden purchased the gun prior to any report being filed.”
In September, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking “records or communications about the reported purchase, possession, and disposal ” of the gun, the group reports.
The United States Secret Service has repeatedly changed its position about whether it is in possession of records related to the investigation of Hunter Biden’s gun, reportedly disposed of in a dumpster in Delaware. READ: https://t.co/Mh93u68pkm
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) December 3, 2022
On April 2, 2021, in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, the Secret Service said it had located records that were potentially responsive, but then, on October 13, 2022, the agency came back and told the group the April 2021 response was made in error. The Secret Service’s new position was that it didn’t possess any responsive records after all.
By November 10, 2022, the Secret Service, which falls under the Homeland Security Department, reversed course yet again, telling the District Court “that it has run supplemental searches and has located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages, potentially responsive to Judicial Watch’s request,” Judicial Watch revealed on Thursday.
According to the Daily Wire, the filing “states that the two parties held consultations that led to further clarity on the scope of the request.”
“USSS initially responded to Judicial Watch on April 2, 2021, that it had located potentially responsive records and would process them in accordance with FOIA, but this response was sent in error. On October 13, 2022, USSS sent an updated letter to Judicial Watch to inform it that USSS had actually never located any records responsive to Plaintiff’s request after conducting a search and, thus, should have sent a no-records response on April 2, 2021 instead,” the filing reads.
“Since the Complaint was filed,” it continues, “the Parties have conferred about the intended scope of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request and, in response, USSS has run supplemental searches and located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages, potentially responsive to Judicial Watch’s request under the clarified understanding of that request.”
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 1, 2022
“The Secret Service’s changing story on records raises additional questions about its role in the Hunter Biden gun incident,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “One thing is clear, Judicial Watch’s persistence means the public may get records that the Secret Service suggested didn’t exist.”
The initial processing of all potentially responsive records will be completed by January 9, 2023, the Secret Service informed the court, and the agency will “send records out for any necessary consultations with other Executive Branch entities by that date,” Judicial Watch reports. “All other non-exempt, responsive records are to be produced to Judicial Watch by January 9.”
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