Hunter Biden guilty of illegal possession of firearm

(Wilmington) Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was convicted Tuesday by a federal criminal court of illegal possession of a firearm in 2018, amid drug addiction, in the midst of the President of the United States’ campaign for his re-election .

The 81-year-old Democratic leader, who is preparing to face his Republican rival Donald Trump on November 5, immediately reiterated in a statement that he would “accept the conclusion of this matter” and that he would “respect the legal process.”

“I am president, but I am also a father. (First lady) Jill (Biden) and I love our son and are so proud of the man he is today,” wrote the president, who had already shown him at the start of the trial his “infinite love” while by pledging not to pardon him if he was found guilty.

This verdict from the jury of the court in Wilmington, Delaware (east), comes on the day when Joe Biden is due to give a speech on limiting the proliferation of firearms, a scourge in the United States.

Hunter Biden walked out of the courthouse smiling and holding hands with his mother-in-law Jill Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden.

He theoretically faces up to 25 years in prison, but an alternative sentence could also be decided.

After two weeks of debates, often in the presence of Jill Biden, the 12 jurors answered “yes” to three counts: two on lies in the documents necessary for the purchase of a revolver in October 2018 and a third on his illegal detention.

He “knew he was a crack user or (that he was) addicted,” insisted prosecutor Leo Wise.

Biden’s lawyer, Father Lowell, instead assured jurors that “he was no longer using drugs” when he purchased the weapon, which “was never loaded, carried or used during the 11 days it was in his possession.”

The Republican Party, under the orders of Donald Trump, has long sought to tarnish Joe Biden through his son’s setbacks, going so far as to open an impeachment investigation against the head of state. At issue: Hunter’s activities in Ukraine and China.

So far, no incriminating evidence has been provided.

The Republican chairman of a House investigative committee, James Comer, welcomed in a statement Tuesday “a step toward accountability, but (this must be maintained) until the Department of Justice investigates on everyone involved around (…) Biden’s corrupting influence.”

Hunter Biden is also scheduled to appear in a California court in September on tax fraud charges.

His affairs, which are the subject of conservative media, risk parasitizing his father’s attempts to mark the contrast with Donald Trump, convicted on May 30 in a criminal trial for hidden payments to a porn star, a historic first against a former president of the United States. UNITED STATES.

Hunter Biden’s trial revived memories of his addictions, which the prosecution returned to in detail, going so far as to show a photo taken by an ex-girlfriend showing him shirtless in his bath, a crack pipe protruding from his hand.

During the trial, prosecutors used excerpts from Hunter Biden’s autobiography, “Beautiful Things.” He says he never got over the 2015 death of his brother Beau Biden from brain cancer at the age of 46. Both brothers survived a car accident in 1972 that killed their mother and younger sister.

He describes his descent into hell, his wanderings in search of drugs in seedy convenience stores and his failed attempts at detoxification from 2015 to 2019.

She, along with Hunter Biden’s first wife and an ex-girlfriend he dated in 2018, all confirmed at trial his drug problems.