Hunter Biden claims he doesn’t know if a damaged laptop whose contents were leaked to the media is his and doesn’t remember if he dropped a computer off at a repair shop, also claiming he doesn’t think the Secret Service was involved in responding to a gun incident a few years ago.
President Joe Biden’s son gave the seemingly evasive answers during an interview with Anthony Mason on CBS This Morning as part of a media tour promoting his memoir about drug addiction, Beautiful Things. He was asked if the laptop reportedly abandoned in a Wilmington repair store was his.
“Well, it’s — you don’t need a laptop. You’ve got a book. The book — it’s all in the book. And I don’t know,” Hunter Biden said, adding that “the serious answer is that I truly do not know the answer to that.” He was then pressed on whether he ever left a laptop with a Delaware repairman, and he said, “Not that I remember, no. But whether or not somebody has my laptop, whether or not I was hacked, whether or not there exists a laptop at all, I truly don’t know.”
When asked if he was missing a laptop, he said, “Not that I know of, but, you know, read the book, and you’ll realize that I wasn’t keeping tabs on possessions well for about a four-year period of time.”
John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer repair shop owner, told the New York Post he made a copy of the hard drive and provided it to a lawyer for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for former President Donald Trump at the time. Mac Isaac also provided a copy to the FBI after the younger Biden never picked up the hardware after dropping it off in April 2019.
Members of the Secret Service attempted to retrieve gun paperwork from a Wilmington gun store in October 2018 after a firearm owned by Hunter Biden went missing, according to a March report by Politico . According to a police document, Biden’s sister-in-law Hallie, who started a romantic relationship with him after her husband and his brother, Beau, died in 2015, took the .38 caliber revolver and placed it in a public trash can near Janssen’s Market. After his sister-in-law told him, Biden instructed her to go retrieve it, but it was no longer in the trash. Local police were notified.
“Nothing. No. No. No idea,” Hunter Biden said when asked if he knew anything about the Secret Service looking for the record of sale for the gun, adding: “No, I had 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.”
That contradicts reported texts by the president’s son from January 2019, which the New York Post says it obtained.
“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 Biden’s purported text says, adding, “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.”
“Hallie’s intent was to make certain that I didn’t do anything to hurt myself,” Hunter Biden said, adding that “we knew that the gun was lost, that Hallie had thrown it 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, and the police came to help retrieve the gun.”
Secret Service agents allegedly asked the owner of the gun store to hand over the paperwork related to the sale. Politico reported Ron Palmieri, owner of Starquest Shooters and Survival Supply, refused because he was concerned they might hide Biden’s ownership of the gun. The Secret Service told the Washington Examiner that it had “no involvement in this incident.”
Joe Biden said through a White House spokesperson that he has no knowledge of the service’s involvement in the incident. A White House spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Biden was not under Secret Service protection in 2018.
In addition to the police report, Politico obtained copies of the Firearms Transaction Record dated Oct. 12, 2018. Hunter Biden responded “no” to a question asking if he was an illegal drug user, with his response coming five years after he was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He has publicly discussed his drug use, and his memoir discusses his drug addiction. Lying on the form is a felony.
Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent letters to the Secret Service, FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives about their possible responses to the incident.
Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, along with many in the media, dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop story as being part of a Russian disinformation operation without evidence. Concerns about Biden gained broader attention in late 2020 after multiple outlets reported that he is being federally investigated in connection with his taxes and potentially related to his overseas business with China and other countries.
Hunter Biden was adamant that his legal team was not trying to work out a plea deal, telling CBS News that “I am absolutely certain that what we’re doing is being completely cooperative with whoever is asking from any authority whatsoever.” When asked if the president had ever been given any money from one of his business ventures, Hunter Biden responded, “No … Nothing. Ever … Not a nickel … Directly or indirectly, not a nickel, ever, 100%, no, never.”
When asked if the laptop could be his during a previous CBS interview, he replied, “Of course, certainly. There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was Russian intelligence.”
Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said on Oct. 19, 2020, that “there is no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence … that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”
The former president brought up Hunter Biden and his personal problems often during the 2020 election cycle, typically including his mocking question: “Where’s Hunter?”
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