(USA Features) House Republicans have sent a letter to President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives pushing him to look into a charge that Hunter Biden falsified information on a background check so he could buy a handgun.
The letter asks nominee David Chipman that, if he’s ultimately confirmed by the Senate, to commit publicly to investigating the allegation.
Written by Rep Bob Good (R-Va.), the letter cites a recent Politico story that alleged Hunter Biden answered “no” to a question on a federal firearms background check purchase form in October 2018 to prior drug use, the Daily Caller reported.
Biden was discharged from the U.S. Navy five years earlier for repeated drug use. He also admitted in a just-published memoir that he used drugs.
“I write to ask that you publicly commit to investigate allegations that Hunter Biden falsified information during a background check in order to illegally obtain a firearm should you be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” the letter, which was signed by 20 House Republicans, states. “You are not exempt from the law no matter who you are, even if your last name is Biden.”
“Many Americans are rightfully alarmed by these reports considering Mr. Biden’s history of drug use. In the past, the Biden family has been open about Mr. Biden’s struggle with substance abuse, and Navy records indicate his discharge from service following a positive drug test. Since lying on a background check form is a felony, this allegation merits investigation,” the letter continued.
“Sadly, lying on background checks is common, often called ‘lying and trying’, but rarely prosecuted. The Government Accountability Office reported in 2017 that of the 112,000 lie-and- try crimes that year, only 12 were prosecuted,” the letter said.
Lying on a firearms background check form punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and 10 years in prison.