Advocacy group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alleging that the agency is slow-rolling a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to turn over records tied to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Judicial Watch filed the FOIA suit against DHS on July 17 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking the court to force the agency to turn over all non-exempt records concerning government-provided security services to Hunter Biden or companions on any international trips from 2010 to 2013.
The advocacy group said in a July 20 statement that the Secret Service, which is part of DHS, had “failed to respond adequately” to three FOIA requests in March and April 2022 demanding records of security services—and related use of taxpayer funds—provided to Hunter Biden and companions.
“The Secret Service is violating FOIA law by slow-rolling and hiding Hunter Biden records,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “What is the Secret Service trying to hide about Hunter Biden?”
DHS did not immediately return an Epoch Times request for comment on the lawsuit.
The backdrop for the lawsuit are Secret Service records obtained by Judicial Watch in 2020 showing hundreds of international trips taken by Hunter Biden during the first several years of the Obama presidency while receiving Secret Service protective detail.
“While it is typical for the families of the president and vice president to travel with them, questions have been raised about whether Hunter Biden used the government trip to further his business interests,” Judicial Watch said.
Missing from the records the advocacy group obtained in 2020 was information whether Hunter Biden’s travel was on Air Force One, Air Force Two, or other government aircraft, or whether other family members were present.
Judicial Watch’s complaint indicates that the Secret Service had acknowledged the group’s FOIA request and by April 19, 2022, had “located potentially responsive records, was processing the records, and would send them” to Judicial Watch “upon completion of the processing.”
But those records have not been handed over to Judicial Watch, neither has DHS explained why it has not yet transmitted the documents, the complaint alleges.
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