Joe Biden Drops Big Announcement After Son Hunter Hit With Conviction

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After his son Hunter Biden was found guilty on Tuesday of lying on documents related to gun purchases and illegal weapons possession, President Joe Biden issued a statement endorsing his son.

In addition to being President, I am also a father, as I mentioned last week. The president remarked, “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” the president said. “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.”

Hunter Biden, the first son, was accused by federal officials of selling illicit firearms and lying on a background check form. A jury in the Vermont trial concluded that he was guilty.

“The conviction 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,” CNN reported.

“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. Court has adjourned for the day after the jury found Hunter Biden guilty on all three counts. The jury deliberated for just under three hours. First lady Jill Biden arrived at the courthouse shortly after the verdict was read,” the outlet added.

During his appearance on Fox News last week, former district attorney Phil Holloway stated that the defense’s tactic was to elicit pity for their client.

“I think if the jury is paying attention to the presentation that the prosecutors are putting on, the presentation that’s occurring in the front of the courtroom, these witnesses did a lot of damage to Hunter Biden,” he said. “[I]t’s obvious that at the relevant time when he bought that gun, he was both addicted to drugs and he was also an unlawful user of drugs, particularly, I think, crack cocaine being the big one.”

“But here’s the thing, Harris. There’s another presentation that’s taking place in that courtroom, and it’s for the benefit of the jury. The presence of the First Lady, the presence of the rest of the Biden family, all that stuff is there for the jury to see. The defense has orchestrated it for the benefit of the jury,” he said. “They’re trying to evoke sympathy. This is in the Biden’s backyard. There’s bound to be people on that jury who have great affection for at least some of the Bidens.”

“So this is an effort to get jury nullification, which is, of course, when the jury says okay, maybe he’s guilty, the evidence is there, but we’re gonna give him a pass anyway, that’s they have the power to do it,” he said. “The lawyers cannot directly ask for it, but they’re doing it in the way that you see playing out in the courtroom.”

Although the prosecution had compelling evidence, the defense also had some contradicting testimony from Hunter’s daughter Naomi. She said that her father was “the clearest he had ever been since my uncle [Beau Biden] died” when she and her fiancé visited him at a Los Angeles rehab in 2018.

“He seemed really great,” she told the jury.

She claimed that she drove his truck from New York to Washington a few weeks after his dad bought the gun, and the vehicle was in fine condition. She also claimed not to have seen any signs of drug usage in the truck, including drug paraphernalia.

The evidence was in contrast to that of Hunter’s ex-girlfriend and ex-sister-in-law, Hallie Biden, who claimed that on her visit to him around the same time, the automobile was filled with trash and drug paraphernalia.

During the cross-examination, Naomi did confess to receiving an odd text message from her father on October 17, 2018, which was approximately five days after he bought the gun, according to the Washington Times.

 

 

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