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Hunter Gun Scandal Update!

Judicial Watch Sues FBI For Records on Hunter Biden Gun Scandal
Judicial Watch Sues for Records About Left Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices
NASA Seeks Public Input to Better Support Minorities in Its Equity Mission

 

Judicial Watch Sues FBI For Records on Hunter Biden Gun Scandal

Joe Biden’s FBI and Secret Service are actively trying to keep the American people from learning the facts about how a gun owned by Hunter Biden was reportedly tossed in a grocery store trash can across the street from a high school.

We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for FBI records about the gun (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:23-cv-00920)).

Judicial Watch sued after the FBI withheld records in response to our January 30, 2023, FOIA request for:

  • All records, including investigative reports, telephone logs, witness statements, memoranda, and firearms purchase documentation, related to the reported purchase, possession, and disposal of a firearm owned by Hunter Biden discarded in a Delaware trash receptacle circa October 2018.
  • All records of communications of FBI officials regarding the reported purchase, possession, and disposal of the firearm.

In a separate lawsuit, we received records from the United States Secret Service that implicate the FBI in the unusual action to help Hunter Biden.

Included in those records is a response to a February 2021 email inquiry from Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger regarding the Secret Service’s involvement in the investigation of the Hunter Biden gun incident. In the response, the Communications Department asks for “more information or documentation.” Schreckinger responds: “Sure thing. Agents visited StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply and asked to take possession of the paperwork Hunter had filled out to purchase a gun there. The FBI also had some involvement in the investigation.”

Also in those records is a March 2021 email from New York Post reporter Lorena Mongelli, who reached out to the Secret Service Communications Office, asking for comment on text messages on Hunter Biden’s lost laptop:

It appears the text messages were sent from Hunter Biden in which he indicates that the Secret Service did in fact respond to the Oct. 23, 2018 [gun] incident. This information contradicts your previous statement relating to the incident and we would like to know whether the Secret Service would like to respond to these new findings.

A person from the Communications Office, whose name is redacted replies: “We have received your inquiry, would you be able to provide copies of these alleged text messages for reference?”

Mongelli responds:

The Daily Mail actually posted copies of the same text messages the NY Post is referencing.

This is what one text message says:

“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 wrote.

“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 o my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids.”

In October 2020, The Blaze reported that in October 2018, Hunter Biden’s handgun was taken by Hallie Biden, the widow of then-presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Beau. In 2021, Politico reported:

Hallie took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store, only to return later to find it gone.

Delaware police began investigating, concerned that the trash can was across from a high school and that the missing gun could be used in a crime, according to law enforcement officials and a copy of the police report obtained by POLITICO.

But a curious thing happened at the time: Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.

What all this means: the FBI and Secret Service have both been implicated in a corrupt clean-up operation to protect Hunter Biden from the criminal consequences of his gun scandal. We will keep you updated as we learn more!

 

Judicial Watch Sues for Records about Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices by the Left 

Conservative Supreme Court justices are under assault by the extremist left with the tacit support of the Biden administration. And Judicial Watch just filed suit to expose this attack on our constitutional system of government.

We filed a Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) lawsuit for records from the Montgomery County Police Department concerning unlawful protests outside the homes of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice Roberts(Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Montgomery County Police Department (No. C-15-CV-23-001360)).

Judicial Watch filed the suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court after the Montgomery County Police failed to respond to a June 16, 2022, Public Information Act (PIA) request for:

All records including email communications (including emails, complete email chains, and email attachments), memoranda, draft memoranda, reports, investigative reports, incident reports and other communications maintained by the Montgomery County Police Department and/or communicated with any of the below listed agencies, or employees of those agencies concerning protests, demonstrations, marches, pickets, or gatherings at the Montgomery County dwellings of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

(1) The U.S. Marshals Service (domain usdoj.gov)

(2) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (domain fbi.gov)

(3) The Department of Justice (domain justice.gov)

(4) Maryland State Police (domain maryland.gov)

(5) Maryland Attorney General’s Office (domain oag.state.md.gov)

On May 2, 2022, Politico published a leaked draft of what would soon be U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (No. 19-1392), a decision that would later overturn the court’s pro-abortion decisions Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1971)) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (505 U.S. 833 (1992)).

After the leak, leftists targeted conservative justices’ homes with protests in violation of federal law, which prohibits “interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice … with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer.” Several justices received death threats and, on June 8, 2022, a heavily armed man was arrested outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Bethesda and was charged with attempted murder.

Because the violations of the protest law protecting justices has yet to be enforced, Attorney General Merrick Garland was accused during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of politicizing the Justice Department and prosecuting conservatives more aggressively than liberals.

For more than a year, the Montgomery County Police Department has unlawfully stonewalled our request for records and communications with the Biden administration about the dangerous and illegal protests that were trying to intimidate Supreme Court justices at their homes. So now we’re going to court.

 

NASA Seeks Public Input to Better Support Minorities in Its Equity Mission

Now you, too, can participate in President Biden’s “equity” mission. Our space agency isn’t looking to the stars with this one but rather to “underserved communities” – our Corruption Chronicles blog has the details on this latest critical race theory-inspired Biden program:

A year after launching an extensive Equity Action Plan that gave around $2 billion to “small disadvantaged businesses,” the nation’s space agency wants to do more to advance racial equity and support underserved communities with the billions of dollars in grants and contracts it distributes annually. To complete this important mission the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking input from the public on the barriers and challenges that prevent members of underserved communities from receiving funds. The agency is explicitly “seeking for the public to provide specific feedback on the procurement, grant and cooperative agreement regulations, policies, practices, and processes that deter entities from pursuing opportunities for NASA procurements, grants, and cooperative agreements,” according to a recently published Federal Registerannouncement.

NASA will review the input and use the information to evaluate, implement, modify, expand, and streamline how it doles out money to “remove systemic inequitable barriers and challenges facing members of underserved communities,” the new Request for Information (RFI) document states. NASA’s fiscal year 2023 budget is $32.35 billion and it plans to spend a big chunk, about one-third or $10.42 billion, on the type of awards it wants to give more minorities via thousands of grants and contracts. It is not enough that under its Equity Action Plan NASA already requires contractors to submit diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility plans for contracts and that at least one quote be from a minority-owned business. When the agency published the plan about a year ago it promised to assess programs, identify systemic barriers, and engage in outreach to ensure fair and impartial access and representation for all those who seek to contribute to work in space. The areas of focus include increasing contractors from underserved communities, expanding equity in the procurement process, mitigating environmental challenges in underserved communities, and expanding access to Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations within underserved communities.

As for the new public input venture, NASA provides a list of questions as guidance. The agency asks for additional Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) suggestions (besides its minority contract quota) to ensure grants include members of underserved communities. It also wants ideas to investigate and ensure contractors are “diligently working to include members of underserved communities” and specifics on regulations, policies and practices that have prevented minorities from receiving awards. NASA also wants to know what resources it could provide to better assist underserved communities in identifying new opportunities and suggestions to better collaborate with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to advance outreach and increase the number of contracts and grants awarded to the “underserved communities.”

To clarify certain terms, the space agency offers definitions in the new announcement. It describes equity as the consistent and systematic treatment of all individuals in a fair, just, and impartial manner, including individuals who belong to communities that often have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous, Native American, other persons of color and LGBTQI+ persons. Underserved communities are defined as populations and geographic communities that have been systematically denied the opportunity to participate fully in aspects of economic, social, and civic life. Under NASA’s “journey towards equity” a key agency goal is to overcome visible and invisible systemic barriers that hinder equitable, inclusive access to government programs, according to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. The former astronaut and Democratic Florida senator claims his agency’s new objective “seeks to further identify and remove the barriers that limit opportunity in historically underserved and underrepresented communities and anchor equity as a core component in every NASA mission to inspire a new, more inclusive generation.”

Until next week …


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