Hunter Biden may have committed a felony by lying about a background check before buying a gun, Politico reported Thursday.
Biden answered “no” in response to the question “Are you an illegal user of marijuana or addicted to it or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic or other controlled substance?” as part of the background check. The check was administered on the completed firearms transaction record in order to purchase a .38 revolver on October 12, 2018.
Copies of the transaction record and receipt for the weapon were obtained by Politico for a report on Secret Service agents who allegedly intervened after President Biden’s daughter-in-law threw the gun in a trash can.
Hunter Biden struggled with drug addiction for much of his adult life and was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after failing a drug test. The president’s son was stopped by police with a crack pipe in his car in 2017, and an assailant pointed a gun at him as he tried to buy cocaine in Los Angeles in 2016.
Hunter Biden is scheduled for publish a memoir on his battle with drug addiction next month.
Federal authorities are currently investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes and his overseas business dealings have come under scrutiny during the presidential campaign. American lawyer David Weiss of Delaware, who is leading the tax investigation, stayed to his post in February as the Biden administration called on other US lawyers appointed by President Trump to resign.