ATF Files Response to Block Release of Documents Related to Hunter Biden Gun Crimes

Hunter Biden almost definitely lied on a 4473 form in 2018. (Photo: Public domain)

The world has known for more than 12 months that Hunter Biden almost definitely violated federal gun law when he lied on his Form 4473 in 2018. The president’s profligate progeny is an admitted cocaine user, yet denied being “an unlawful user of a controlled substance” when he purchased a .38-caliber revolver.

In a sane world, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) would jump at the opportunity to hold accountable such a high-profile figure. To no one’s surprise, they don’t appear to be doing anything of the sort.

The ATF is stonewalling a Freedom of Information Act Request for information related to the Hunter Biden incident because, “the revelation of any such investigation would constitute an unwarranted invasion of Mr. Biden’s privacy.”

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Biden’s “substantial interest in not having any such investigation disclosed outweighs any public interest in such a disclosure,” federal lawyers write in a response to the suit.

The suit was filed on behalf of writer David Codrea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ATF argues that he and his legal team failed to demonstrate “substantial public interest” in revealing the information, and they issued what’s known as a Glomar response to the request.

“Where, as here, the asserted public interest lies in uncovering government misconduct (here the ATF’s alleged failure to investigate Mr. Biden and refer him for prosecution in connection with the alleged handgun incident), the plaintiff must proffer compelling evidence of misconduct in order to establish a substantial public interest. Plaintiff manifestly failed to do that, and so his challenge to ATF’s Glomar response fails,” the ATF writes.

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A Glomar response is issued to indicate that the agency cannot either confirm or deny the existence of materials related to a Hunter Biden investigation. They argue that confirming or denying the existence of such records would necessarily reveal whether a specific, named individual was the subject of a law enforcement investigation. Such a revelation, the agency says, would violate Hunter Biden’s privacy rights.

It’s frankly unlikely that this story goes anywhere from here. Joe Biden has every reason in the world to keep this story from seeing daylight, and after the original Politico story broke in 2021, the mainstream media hasn’t touched it with a 10-foot pole.

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  • Ej harbet April 9, 2022, 9:38 am

    It’s my sincere hope that all members of the Biden crime family benefit our planet by dying and completing their rotting process.
    As soon as possible as painful as possible. As for those who didn’t vote for or support these loathsome organisms,have a wonderful day

  • Dano April 4, 2022, 4:04 am

    First, nobody can prove that he was in fact a drug user when the gun was purchased. How many of you have lied on these forms? The fact is it is a stupid question and there is almost no way to prove that someone lied on the day that the form was filled out. We know Don jr is an obvious coke user as is his father yet they own guns. This is a nothing burger as there is zero evidence that Biden’s presidency has anything to do with Hunter not being prosecuted for this.

    • Motorbandit April 4, 2022, 8:00 am

      Yea! And 80 million voted this piece of shits father,a demented POS ,for POTUS….FJB

    • krinkov545 April 4, 2022, 8:30 am

      Got Trump Derangement Syndrome?
      Hypocrite much you childish liberal dipsheep?
      The name of the Biden shall ROT. It’s in the Bible. Proverbs 10:7 KJV.
      What does Donald Trump jr sins have to with Hunter Biden’s breaking federal laws? There none righteous no not one.
      You lefties always projecting the evil you do on to your enemies.
      Pull your lefty rotted brain out of your backside fool.
      Both these wicked satanic Bidens will rot in the lowest hottest hell forever. And there is nothing anyone can do to change that fact.
      You bidenbots are the most delusional idiots on the face of the earth.

      • Armed and Dangerous April 4, 2022, 7:46 pm

        C’mon krinkov545, don’t hold back, tell us what you really think.

    • Dee April 4, 2022, 9:25 am

      Indeed proving that Hunter intentionally lied is a stretch.. However it pretty Slam Dunk when Hunter crashes his car….. Abandons the vehicle and throws his gun out next to a school.

      Explain WHY he was never prosecuted either locally or Federally for doing THAT???
      But really his connections to CCP Intelligence are far more disturbing than his drug / gun adventures. Every one of his Chinese business deals …. Involves a “Partner” who is very high level CCP Intelligence official. one case the daughter of a former Head of CCP Intelligence .
      THAT is a big fat Sirloin Burger with cheese, my friend!

      • Barry Friedman April 5, 2022, 8:50 pm

        My friend is celebrating 40 years sober. If you ask him if he’s a drug and alcohol abuser. He would say yes. Did you use or are you addicted? The answer is YES….. IF I did the same thing, I would be behind bars. Doesn’t matter, daddy would pardon him.

    • Ted April 4, 2022, 12:23 pm

      YES, we know he was using illegal drugs ! He was discharged from the Navy for FAILING A DRUG TEST !

    • Andrew N. April 5, 2022, 6:31 pm

      Can’t PROVE he’s a drug user? The Navy discharge for illegal (cocaine) drug use not a clue? How about the Crack pipe he left in his rental car WITH drug residue and I’m quite sure fingerprints? How about the fact the admitted to it? How about the pictures of him smoking a crack pipe? Does he really need to smoke crack in your dumb-ass presence to convince you? The upside is a JURY, not YOU would make the call. And how do you KNOW Don Jr. is a coke user? Were you with him? Have they found ANY evidence of such in the myriad of investigations into the Trump Family? Let’s see how the Biden Family empire would hold up under the same scrutiny, shall we? Anybody who still believes in Biden is either too stupid or completely bought into the “Uncle Joe” narrative that is still being played out for the 3 people who believe it. Biden is, and always has been corrupt. He has sold out America’s interests to the highest bidder too many times to count. Now he’s lost his mind to dementia, and they hide him from the Press, even the overly “friendly” Press out of fear of exposure. The only people who can’t see it are looking the other way intentionally.

  • Oldwolf April 2, 2022, 9:45 pm

    No need to wonder why we think the aft is corrupt like the democrat government . I mean after all , the democrats own the aft now . so yes … they will lie and break the law to protect the bidens .

  • Mike Colorado April 2, 2022, 12:23 pm

    Blue Dog did you have an acting role in the movie Swordfish? You sure do use a lot of miss direction as John Travolta stated during the movie. If you are going to post you could at least give us a weather update for China. We know how the Art of War works, take over a country without spilling a drop of blood and yes we know your government owns politicians on both sides of the aisle in our house and senate and along with our president. I hate to see what happens when the sleeping giant of our country wakes up. Have a nice day now ya here!

  • FirstStateMark April 2, 2022, 12:03 am

    If it were Eric Trump it would be a whole different ballgame. You know it and I know it.

    • R Hays April 4, 2022, 1:12 pm

      If Trump would have done ANY of the things Biden has done, he would have been removed from office by now.

  • Chastran April 1, 2022, 5:05 pm

    The politicized ATF needs to be disbanded in its entirety with zero pensions..

  • oldfuzz695 April 1, 2022, 12:59 pm

    Deep State alive and well since Clinton and Hildabeast occupied the office.

    • krinkov545 April 4, 2022, 8:32 am

      Since Scumbag FDR

      • Grumpy Old Biker April 4, 2022, 12:17 pm

        Actually I like Harry Truman. He pounded the WWII aggressor Japan into submission with two A-bombs, this saving at least a million more American lives that would have perished in a land invasion. But then the Democrat idiot Obamoron apologized to Japan, who never apologized to anybody against whom they committed so many atrocious war crimes.

  • daBill April 1, 2022, 12:09 pm

    What wr should be doing is insuring that the law applies to ALL, including Hunter Biden and all of those GOP lawmakers that Mad Cawthorne mentioned, the cops and judges that can flash a badge on a drunk driving stop, and all those good ol’ boys with DUI’s or who “tune up” the old lady. Drunks with guns are worse than druggies if only for their sheer numbers.

  • Comanche April 1, 2022, 11:37 am

    Why isn’t this on PRIME TIME TV??? or in the lame stream media??? I’ll tell you why, because it has nothing to do with TRUMP!!! This country has turned in to a PROGRESSIVELY LIBERAL sewer… GOD HELP US!!!

  • Abby Normal April 1, 2022, 10:09 am

    At least now we know one of the reasons the ATF budget for 2022 was more than doubled.

  • Clint W. April 1, 2022, 9:16 am

    We are dealing with a citizen mentality and a political party where 2+5 does not equal 7, it equals whatever you want it to be. Criminals steal what they need, or buy firearms from those who steal them, they don’t go to Rick’s Gun Shop and get a NICS check run. So the 2+5=anything crowd, also thinks more gun control is an effective way to reduce crime. Those of us where 2+5=7 live, can read the news about places like Chicago and see how well that ideology is working. The simple fact that there are thousands of gun laws on the books and not a one has made a difference, and this is not common knowledge in that wacky Democommunist group, confirms the fact that they are just total cretins. Always remember your history, and especially the wise sayings from folks like Einstein, “To do the same thing over and over and expect the outcome to be different is a definition of insanity”. To stack gun law on top of gun law and expect crime to drop proves just how insane anti-2A folks, and all Democommunists are.

  • D.J. April 1, 2022, 8:20 am

    Wasn’t that jackass dishonorably discharged from the Service ?

    Seems to me 4473 asks that question as well . How did the piece of
    “ human debris “ answer that question ?

    • Michael Keim April 4, 2022, 12:02 pm

      He got an administrative general discharge. Once again daddy took care of him

  • Mitch Connors April 1, 2022, 6:39 am

    Gun laws are for law abiding citizens, not Hunter Biden. You can see just how protective and corrupt the Government has become these days.

  • Abner Yokum April 1, 2022, 6:29 am

    The fact that there are obvious double standards in government entities due to political affiliations totally dilutes the howling about the need for more (or stronger) government entities.

    This is an obvious violation of laws. They have to be enforced equally, regardless, or they need to be tossed in the wastebasket, along with thousands of other useless, misguided laws.

    The alphabet agencies, and the unconstitutional laws they force down the throats of an otherwise law-abiding citizenry, need to be totally revamped… or eliminated, for the good of America.

    • Fal Phil April 1, 2022, 8:05 am

      “The fact that there are obvious double standards in government entities due to political affiliations totally dilutes the howling about the need for more (or stronger) government entities.”

      Even worse, government entities become illegitimate, and life society becomes a competition to see who can get away with the most crimes.

      Frankly, it appears that the USA has not been “a nation of laws” for quite some time. The slippery slope that Lincoln started is reaching its end stage.

    • D.J. April 1, 2022, 9:02 am

      “ When laws do not apply to those that craft them , the People
      are not being governed , the are being ruled . “

  • Blue Dog (he/him) March 31, 2022, 5:45 pm

    The question should not be about his lying on the form. The question should be how can we fix NICS to help the system weed out unqualified buyers. How can we fortify the system?

    It’s not like he flushed documents and used burner phones to hide his complicity in an insurrection to overturn a free democratic election. If that happened, we’d never hear about it.

    • Abner Yokum April 1, 2022, 6:33 am

      The question is ALL ABOUT lying on the form, among other questions highlighted by this corrupt situation. If you’re going to selectively prosecute because of political connections, that’s breaking the law as well.

      However, it’s been often said that: If a Democrat didn’t have double standards, he/she/it would have NO standards at all…”

    • Let's go Brandon, FJB April 1, 2022, 6:35 am

      Hey bluenuts, are you paid to be this ignorant or do you suffer from substance abuse like your hero hunter biden? That last b.s paragraph you spewed just shows your limited intelligence.

    • Thoughtful April 1, 2022, 6:43 am

      HimDog Blue, you mean like Hillary Clinton did? You know, destroying evidence, hiring foreign actors to interfere with an election, or utilizing the leftist MSM to sway an election? That is insurrectionist activity, not lawfully protesting and wondering around the capitol. You are such a fraud DogHimBlue, and your agenda is clear.

      • Thoughtful April 1, 2022, 6:45 am

        Wandering, not wondering.

    • Will Dabbs April 1, 2022, 6:57 am

      Blue Dog–forgetting for a moment all the animus you hold toward the January 6 event and its participants, are you really ready to live in an America wherein nepotism is so deeply ingrained that the son of a political figure is not held accountable when he breaks one of the myriad gun laws so championed by the Left? You keep going back to Jan 6. The question here has nothing to do with that. The President’s son lied on his 4473. Should he be held accountable for that or not? If not, why should the rest of us feel any particular burden to comply? This is not a monarchy, and equality for all under the law is a pillar of the progressive agenda. It’s time to step up and be counted. Do you really believe that or not?

      • Comanche April 1, 2022, 11:54 am

        If this comment is from that GREAT AMERICAN DOCTOR Will Dabbs of FMG Pub. It would great to see some of this show up in your outstanding articles if you get my drift!
        Comanche out!!!%

    • Fal Phil April 1, 2022, 8:11 am

      “The question should be how can we fix NICS to help the system weed out unqualified buyers.”

      You midwits never see the impact of poorly thought out laws.

      There should never have been a NICS; it was just a way to increase budget, bureaucracy, and government meddling where it had no business. What should have happened is that is that the law require a government-issued ID where the legal prohibition of gun ownership is evident on the ID. That way, miscreants bear the burden and not law-abiding citizens.

    • Dogman197 April 1, 2022, 9:42 am

      Trump has been gone for over a year, and yet he still lives in some people’s heads 24/7. Mission accomplished.

    • Captain Red April 1, 2022, 12:57 pm

      Fool. Hillary was the master of evidence destruction. Trump released all of his calls with Ukraine. Only an innocent civilian casualty on Jan 6. Insurrection? You have no idea what a real one looks like. Pray you never will as there will be no mercy for your kind.

    • Be Zep April 4, 2022, 7:34 am

      Sorry about your Trump Derangement, Blue dog. And your pronouns.

      • Big Al 45 April 4, 2022, 9:50 am

        LOL!! Yes, I’ve remarked to this failing of his before, nice to see I’m not alone.

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