Hunter Biden gun trial updates: ‘Politics never came into play,’ juror says after guilty verdict

President Joe Biden hugged his son and spent several minutes with him on the tarmac at DANG, hours after Hunter Biden was sentenced in court.

The president spent several minutes with Hunter, his wife Melissa and their infant son Beau on the tarmac.

The child hugged his grandfather, who took his face in his hands and appeared to kiss him.

-Molly Nagle of ABC News

A juror in Hunter Biden’s gun trial told ABC News he didn’t know who Hunter Biden was before the trial began and that his proximity to power made no difference to the jury.

“Everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes,” the juror said. “And these mistakes can have serious consequences, not just for them, but for everyone.”

The juror — whose father was shot and killed when he was young — said prosecutors successfully demonstrated that Hunter Biden’s drug use at the time of his gun purchase was “too close for me to consider him as a user or addict at that time.” “

“There are too many diagrams that I can see that show he was using it when he bought the gun,” the juror said.

A jury member in Hunter Biden’s gun case told ABC News that “politics never came into play” in the deliberations and that “the verdict was absolutely not politically motivated.”

The juror said “it wasn’t that difficult” to reach a verdict, but said the panel of 12 had to overcome a six-to-six vote yesterday afternoon when deliberations began.

When jurors returned this morning and deliberated further, he said they determined prosecutors had met their burden of proof.

“If you’re a drug addict, you’re a drug addict,” he said.

The juror said evidence that placed Hunter Biden at a 9/11 convenience store — a place where he repeatedly said in his memoir and in text messages that he bought drugs — days before his purchase weapons had caused them to tip over.

A senior official who was briefed on the matter told ABC News that the Secret Service had not begun planning for the possibility that Hunter Biden could face prison time. These discussions with the Bureau of Prisons will begin now.

As the son of a president, Hunter Biden enjoys Secret Service protection, but can waive that protection if he chooses.

Currently, he continues to enjoy the protection of the USSS, and as long as his father is president, this will continue, even in prison, unless he renounces this privilege.

Once convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison – although legal experts believe he will not serve his sentence as a non-violent first-time offender.

-Josh Margolin of ABC News