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Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden has been found guilty on a 3-count federal felony gun charges.

He was found guilty of being in possession of a revolver he bought in October 2018 at a Delaware gun shop. He violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts or persons using illegal drugs from possessing a gun.

The first two counts were for lying about his drug use on a federal background check form, and the third count was for possessing a gun while addicted to, or using, illegal drugs.

He was also found guilty of two misdemeanor charges of willfully failing to pay income taxes in Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender. Before dismissing the parties, the judge told them sentencing is usually set for 120 days following a verdict, which means it is likely to happen before Election Day.

The conviction by a federal jury marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president.

Special counsel David Weiss told reporters that the conviction was about the “illegal choices the defendant made while in the throes of addiction,” as he stressed that “no one in this country is above the law.”

In a statement, President Biden said he will “accept the outcome of this case” and pledged support for his son.

“As I said last week, I am the president, but I am also a dad,” the president said. “Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery. As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

The outcome ends a painful chapter for the Biden family, including many members who were directly involved in the courtroom drama. Hunter Biden was in the defendant’s seat; many members of the family, including first lady Jill Biden, were often in the courtroom showing support, and a few family members were called to testify.

The first lady arrived at the courthouse shortly after the verdict was read. She stared immediately ahead and did not move her glare away. In the moments following the verdict, after court ended, Hunter Biden turned around to his legal team and flashed a brief smile, perhaps stunned by the outcome, before hugging all of his attorneys and patting them on the back.

As he exited, Hunter Biden gave kisses and hugs to family members and friends in the courtroom, almost like a receiving line. His friend and financial backer Kevin Morris walked out with his arms crossed. Some of the supporters looked stunned.

Valerie Biden, President Biden’s sister, entered the courtroom a few minutes after the verdict was read.

Leaving the courthouse after the verdict, Hunter Biden shuffled his family members into an elevator as he held hands with his wife. He smiled briefly and left.

The trial has unfolded against the backdrop of President Biden’s reelection campaign against former President Donald Trump, who himself was convicted of a felony last month in his New York hush money trial. Reacting to Hunter Biden’s conviction on Tuesday, the Trump campaign initially wished him “well in his recovery and legal affairs” before striking that sentiment in a later version of a statement. It also called the proceedings a “distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family,” falsely claiming that the president raked in “tens of millions of dollars” in overseas dealings, though there is no evidence Joe Biden has received large sums of money from China or has otherwise gained wealth as a result of his son’s business dealings abroad.

President has ruled out pardon
Hunter Biden’s conviction comes after a long-running Justice Department investigation that began in 2018, and it raises the stakes for his second scheduled trial, slated to begin in September, on federal tax offenses.

Both cases have been overseen by Weiss, who was previously the Trump-appointed US attorney in Delaware. The guilty verdicts in the gun case are a major vindication for Weiss’ team of prosecutors, who have vehemently denied allegations from Hunter Biden’s lawyers that the cases are politically motivated.

President Biden and the White House have repeatedly ruled out a pardon for his son.

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