The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has taken legal action against the Department of Homeland Security over records or potential records relating to its refusal to provide Secret Service protection for Navy Joan Roberts, the 4-year-old daughter of Hunter Biden.
The president refuses to acknowledge that Navy Roberts is his granddaughter with, even though DNA tests have proven it and even though Hunter has started paying child support.
The lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, seeks to obtain all internal Secret Service communications concerning the protection of Navy Roberts.
According to the Secret Service’s website, the agency is mandated by Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 3056, to guarantee protection for the president, vice president, and their immediate families.
On June 6, 2022, the Daily Mail reported that the Biden Administration refused to provide security for Navy Roberts after her mother, Lunden Roberts, reported threats from her ex-fiancé.
The case took a new turn when Judicial Watch filed an information request on May 2, seeking access to all reports, memoranda, and internal Secret Service electronic communications, including emails and text messages, regarding the potential provision of Secret Service protection to Navy Roberts.
The Secret Service responded to the request on June 12, stating there are no responsive records to Judicial Watch’s request.
Unhappy with the response, Judicial Watch appealed the Secret Service’s determination, questioning the thoroughness of the search for records. The Secret Service failed to respond to that appeal, leading Judicial Watch to file the lawsuit to obtain the requested information.
Hunter Biden had initially denied being Navy Joan Roberts’ father, but the DNA test in 2019 confirmed that he is, indeed, her biological father. Subsequently, he has been providing court-ordered child support.
The New York Times recently reported that Biden’s aides have been informed in strategy meetings that the Bidens have six, not seven, grandchildren. The president’s other grandchild has not yet been publicly mentioned or met by him, and his White House press secretary has not addressed repeated questions about whether he will acknowledge her now that the child support case is settled.
In April, President Biden told a group of children that he had ‘six grandchildren. And I’m crazy about them. And I speak to them every single day. Not a joke,’” according to the New York Times.
“All of Joe Biden’s grandchildren can receive Secret Service protection while he’s in office. We frankly can’t imagine any good reason to deny security to this child,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.