Trump’s Verdict & The Hunter Smoke Bomb

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Depending on one’s political proclivity, Hunter Biden is generally viewed as either a serial grifter or a guy being pinched for a small offense. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
May 30, 2024

One late afternoon, in February 2021, I was driving my Mini Cooper on an unremarkable stretch of I-95 en route to Wilmington, trying to make sense of a police report and a firearm transaction record that I had just obtained. The document was connected to a bizarre incident in which Hallie Biden, the widow of Beau Biden, had apparently tossed a .38 revolver belonging to her brother-in-law and paramour, Hunter Biden, into a trash can that happened to be across the street from a school. At the same time, I was working on a tip that Secret Service agents were trying to retrieve the paperwork from the store that sold Hunter the weapon in 2018, presumably in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug. 

The form clearly demonstrated that Hunter had lied on his firearm application. After all, the well-known former substance abuser had claimed that he had never been an “unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” It’s a felony to lie on the form, but prosecutions are very rare. And as I drove down the interstate, I considered only that the wild story might become a Secret Service scandal. (The agency, which has said they did not provide protection to the Bidens in 2018, denied any involvement in the alleged incident.)