I’m the president, but I’m also a father, Biden says after son’s conviction in gun case – Firstpost

Hunter Biden and his father, US President Joe Biden. Image: Visar Kryeziu / AP file

Following the guilty verdict against his son Hunter Biden, US President Joe Biden said he would “respect the legal process”.

Previously, Biden said he would not pardon his son. The President of the United States has the power to pardon anyone for their crimes.

Hunter was convicted Tuesday in a case of illegal firearm possession. He now faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

In a statement following the verdict, Joe Biden said that although he was president, he was also a father and would continue to love his son.

“I’m the president, but I’m also a dad. Many families with loved ones battling addiction understand the feeling of pride in seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in their recovery. I will accept the outcome of this case and continue to respect the legal process while Hunter considers an appeal,” Joe Biden said in a statement, according to AFP.

A jury found Hunter guilty of all three counts against him. The charges against him relate to possessing a firearm while he was a drug addict.

The charges against Hunter were:

  • Lying to a licensed gun dealer

  • Lying on the Federal Firearm Application Form for Applicant Selection Illegal Possession of a Firearm

  • Hunter lied and said he wasn’t a drug addict when in reality he was.

Under US laws, drug addicts cannot own guns.

Hunter is the first member of a U.S. president’s immediate family to be convicted while their relative is still in office.

This is not the only case against Trump. Another case related to alleged tax fraud is expected to open against him in September.

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