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The president knew Hunter Biden was in a crack cocaine-fueled meltdown when he bought a gun – a crime the First Son was indicted for Thursday.
Joe Biden left his son a voicemail on October 15, 2018 sounding close to tears and begging him to get help, just three days after Hunter bought a .38 caliber Colt revolver from a Delaware store by lying on a federal form that he was not a drug addict.
On Thursday a Delaware grand jury indicted Hunter on three charges for gun crime, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors should have little trouble convincing a jury of his guilt, after he admitted in his memoir to being in the throes of ‘full-blown addiction’ at the time.
The charges mean Hunter will now likely face a damaging trial dragging into his father’s presidential campaign in 2024 – and may just be the first of more indictments, including tax and potential illegal foreign lobbying or money laundering offenses.
The news comes as Republicans announced this week they are seeking to impeach the President over alleged involvement in Hunter’s shady overseas business dealings – evidence for which DailyMail.com has unearthed over the past two years.
DailyMail.com obtained a voicemail Joe Biden left Hunter pleading with his son to ‘get some help’ on October 15, 2018. The timing of the message reveals the president knew about his son’s drug-fueled meltdown at the time he purchased a gun three days earlier on October 12
In his memoir, Beautiful Things, Hunter admitted to his continued ‘full-blown addiction’ at the time of the gun incident – and in doing so, appeared to admit to the felony of lying on the firearm form. A shocking photo obtained from Hunter’s laptop shows his badly damaged and worn down teeth – also known as ‘meth mouth’ – as he sits in a dentist chair
Hunter, 53, lied about being a drug user when filling out a sworn gun purchase form at a Delaware store – a crime the First Son was indicted for today
Joe’s October 2018 voicemail to Hunter just days after he bought the Colt Cobra 38SPL was one of the revelations from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, obtained by DailyMail.com in 2021.
‘It’s Dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the whole world pal,’ Joe said in the October 15 message. ‘You gotta get some help. I know you don’t know what to do, I don’t either.’
On October 12, 2018 Hunter Biden bought the .38 caliber pistol from Wilmington gun store StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply.
About two weeks later his lover and brother’s widow Hallie Biden found it ‘unlocked’ in his truck and threw it in a grocery store trash can. Its discovery sparked a police investigation – though charges were never brought by the local cops.
Hunter wrote on the Firearm Transaction Record that he did not use unlawful drugs, but admitted in his memoir that he was a crack addict at the time. Lying on the federal form is a felony.
The emotional voicemail, along with frantic texts between Hunter and Hallie on the laptop, could form part of the evidence prosecutors use in their prosecution of Hunter for the alleged felony.
Special Prosecutor David Weiss also plans to indict Hunter for two tax crimes after a proposed ‘sweetheart’ plea deal fell apart under scrutiny from Delaware Judge Maryellen Noreika. Further charges in California and Washington, DC may also follow.
The First Son wrote on a gun application that he was not a user of illegal drugs, but later admitted in his own memoir that he was a crack addict at the time.
Hunter argued about the incident with Hallie in panicked text messages in the following days. ‘The f***ing FBI Hallie. It’s hard to believe anyone is that stupid // so what’s my fault here Hallie that you speak of. Owning a gun that’s in a locked car hidden on another property?,’ he wrote. ‘It was open unlocked and windows down and the kids search your car,’ Hallie replied. ‘I’m scared you would use it hunt … I’m scared for your life hunt’
Images emerged showing a naked Hunter casually waving around a gun as he fools around with a prostitute during a sex session in 2018, in yet another compromising photo scandal to plague the president’s son
The federally required Firearm Transaction Record for the purchase, obtained by DailyMail.com, asks: ‘Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?’
Hunter checked the box: ‘No’.
But in his memoir, Beautiful Things, he admitted to his continued ‘full-blown addiction’ at the time – and in doing so, appeared to admit to the felony of lying on the firearm form.
‘I had returned [to the East Coast] that fall of 2018, after my most recent relapse in California, with the hope of getting clean through a new therapy and reconciling with Hallie. Neither happened,’ he wrote in the 2021 autobiography.
He said he would go for regular ketamine therapy sessions as part of his rehab treatment but continued to smoke crack throughout.
‘The therapy’s results were disastrous,’ he wrote. ‘I backslid. I did exactly what I’d come to Massachusetts to stop doing. I’d stay clean for a week, break away from the center to meet a connection I found in Rhode Island, smoke up, then return.
‘One thing I did remarkably well during that time was fool people about whether or not I was using. Between trips up there, I even bought clean urine from a dealer in New York to pass drug tests.
‘I doubt much good comes from doing ketamine while you’re on crack.’
A copy of the Firearms Transaction Record and a receipt for the purchase was first obtained by news site Politico in 2021.
Lying on gun forms is a felony, punishable by a maximum 10 years prison and a $250,000 fine.
It was later revealed Hunter allegedly lied on a firearm report (above) required for the transaction. A photo of the form shows the first son allegedly answered ‘no’ when asked if he was an ‘unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance’
Hunter bought the .38 revolver from Starquest Shooters in Delaware on October 12, 2018
However, not all cases are prosecuted. Of the 478 referrals for ‘lying and buying’ the Justice Department received in 2018, charges were filed for 298 cases, about 60%.
Hunter barely had the gun for a two weeks when a dangerous incident occurred.
Hallie Biden found it in his truck on October 23, 2018 and threw it in a trash can outside local grocery store Janssens, opposite a high school.
It was discovered by a homeless man rifling through the trash. Local police as well as the FBI were called.
Hunter argued about the incident with Hallie in panicked text messages in the following days.
‘The f***ing FBI Hallie. It’s hard to believe anyone is that stupid // so what’s my fault here Hallie that you speak of. Owning a gun that’s in a locked car hidden on another property?,’ he wrote.
‘It was open unlocked and windows down and the kids search your car,’ Hallie replied. ‘I’m scared you would use it hunt … I’m scared for your life hunt.’
Despite the Bidens not having Secret Service protection at the time, USSS agents reportedly showed up and asked the gun store owner, Ron Palmieri, to hand over purchase documents.
Suspecting the case would be covered up, Palmieri refused and instead later gave his papers to agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, according to a March 2021 Politico report.
Palmieri did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a clerk at StarQuest told DailyMail.com they were ‘glad to hear’ Hunter has been charged.
In texts obtained by DailyMail.com, Hunter messaged his therapist to tell him about the ordeal. ‘She stole the gun out of my truck lock box and threw in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,’ Hunter wrote
The Secret Service has denied any involvement. But in texts from Hunter’s laptop he also claimed they had a role in the debacle.
‘She stole the gun out of my truck lock box and threw in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,’ Hunter wrote in a three-way text message with Hallie and his therapist in January 2019.
‘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.’
Transparency organization Judicial Watch sued the Secret Service over its refusal to hand over records relating to the incident under the Freedom of Information Act.
In 2021 the agency told Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who have been investigating Hunter’s potential criminal activity, they weren’t involved.
‘The Secret Service did not provide protection to any member of the Biden family in 2018,’ special agent in charge Benjamin Kramer said in a letter published by the Republican senators.
‘Further, records searches concerning the reported involvement of Secret Service personnel in the alleged incident have yielded no results.’
The White House has also denied involvement in a previous statement.
‘President Biden did not have any knowledge of, or involvement in, the Secret Service’s alleged role in this incident, and neither he nor any family member was a protectee at that time,’ a spokesperson said in 2021.