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EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Call On Biden’s ATF Director Nominee To Investigate Hunter Biden For Potential Felony

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A group of House Republicans sent a letter Monday calling on President Joe Biden’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) nominee David Chipman to investigate Hunter Biden, if confirmed, for reportedly falsifying information during a background check in order to illegally obtain a gun.

The letter to Chipman, first obtained by the Daily Caller, was written by Republican Virginia Rep. Bob Good and signed by over twenty House Republicans. In the letter, Good asks Chipman to publicly commit to investigating Hunter Biden, referencing a Politico report that said Biden answered “no” to the question about drug use on the Firearms Transaction Record for a gun in October of 2018.

Just years prior, he had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine.

Biden also allegedly sent a text message on Jan. 29, 2019, saying his former sister-in-law turned girlfriend, Hallie Biden, stole a gun from the trunk of his car and police and Secret Service, that she threw it away due to concerns he might use it to hurt himself, the New York Post reported.

“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 (ATF),” the letter states.

In the letter, Good says that everyone should be held to the same standard regardless of their connections or last name.

“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. 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 continues.

READ THE LETTER HERE: 

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Good told the Daily Caller that Chipman needs to step forward and acknowledge the report in order for Americans to understand the consequences of breaking the law.

“President Biden has signaled that his Administration is willing to strip Americans of their right to defend themselves through a series of unilateral gun control measures. Meanwhile his own son has publicly confessed to consistent illegal drug use and unlawful behavior, prior to purchasing a firearm. Hunter Biden’s comments expose an unacceptable double standard that must be addressed. Knowingly making an untrue statement on a background check form is a felony, punishable by ten years in prison,” Good told the Daily Caller before sending the letter. (RELATED: ‘Unhinged From Reality’: Tucker Carlson Blasts Biden’s ATF Nominee As ‘Conspiracy Nut’)

“I’m sending a letter demanding Biden’s ATF Director nominee commit to investigating allegations that Hunter Biden falsified information during a background check in order to illegally obtain a firearm, should he be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The American people deserve to know that you are not exempt from the law no matter who you are, even if your last name is ‘Biden’,” Good added. (RELATED: Secret Service Denied It Was Involved In Hunter Biden Gun Case, But Purported Texts Suggest Otherwise)

Lying on a federal gun background check is a felony that carries up to a 10-year prison sentence as well as a $250,000 fine.