Biden Hunter’s Daughter Naomi Gives Surprise Testimony in Gun Trial

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Legend, Naomi Biden pictured entering the courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday

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Hunter Biden’s daughter told jurors her father seemed “great” and “hopeful” at the time he bought a gun in October 2018.

Naomi Biden, 30, gave surprise testimony in court during her father’s gun trial after being called to the witness stand by his defense team.

She said she never saw her father use drugs in 2018 and was living with a sober coach at the end of that year.

The US president’s son is accused of lying about his drug use on a form when purchasing the gun and ammunition at a gun store in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 12, 2018.

Mr Biden, 54, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, with his defense team saying he was recovering at the time and therefore did not lie on the documents.

This is the first trial of the son of a sitting US president. Mr. Biden faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors rested their case early Friday after calling their two remaining witnesses.

One of them, FBI forensic chemist Jason Brewer, tested that a “minimal” amount of cocaine was found in a leather pouch containing Mr Biden’s firearm.

But he said he couldn’t say for sure how the cocaine got there, or who it belonged to.

Mr. Biden’s defense team then began calling its own witnesses, starting with Jason Turner, who worked at the gun store where Mr. Biden purchased the gun, and Ron Palmieri, the store owner .

Their testimony included a combative exchange with Mr. Turner, who told Mr. Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, that he did not understand “what life is like in a gun store.”

Naomi Biden was then called to the stand — a surprise move that previous prosecutors were unaware of in advance.

Speaking mostly in simple “yes” or “no” answers, she said she first became aware of her father’s drug use after her uncle, Beau, died of cancer in 2015.

“After my uncle died, things got worse,” she says.

She recalled going to Los Angeles while he was living with a sober coach in late 2018, saying she “born him, I was so proud of him.”

“He seemed great, he seemed hopeful,” she said of another meeting she had with him in New York in late October 2018.

Under cross-examination by prosecutors, she said she did not see him use drugs at any time that year, but she admitted she wouldn’t know what he would look like under the influence.

During the same period in October 2018, she testified that she borrowed her father’s vehicle to help her move, saying it was in “good condition” and did not contain much. thing.

Prosecutors asked her about an Oct. 17 text message she received from her father, sent at 2 a.m. that day, asking where the keys to her truck were and if he could have them back.

“Right away?” She responded and later said, “I’m sorry Dad, I really can’t take this.” »

She testified that she didn’t know why her father needed the car at that time, but that it “still seemed fine.”

Her testimony contrasts with that of Hallie Biden – Hunter Biden’s ex-girlfriend and the widow of his late brother Beau – who got rid of the gun 11 days after Mr Biden bought it.

Hallie Biden told the court Thursday that she discovered Mr. Biden’s gun in his truck amid cluttered clothing and items, including drug paraphernalia.

She said she “panicked” when she found it. She then put it in the leather pouch, wrapped it in a small purple gift bag, and threw it in a trash can at a local grocery store.

“Are you crazy?” he texted her, telling her to go back to Janssen Market and get the gun.

He was later found by a man who was rummaging through the trash looking for recyclable materials.

Ms. Biden said she, too, fell into drug addiction after being introduced to crack cocaine by Mr. Biden during their relationship, which began after Beau Biden’s death in 2015, but she stopped using in August 2018.

In court on Friday were US First Lady Jill Biden, as well as Mr. Biden’s wife, Melissa Biden Cohen, who has attended the trial every day so far.

There were also Valerie Biden and James Biden – President Joe Biden’s siblings.

President Biden continued his public duties. On Friday, he gave a speech in France on democracy after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In an interview with ABC News, Mr. Biden said he would accept the outcome of his son’s trial and would not grant him a pardon if he was found guilty.

As the trial opened this week, Joe Biden said he would not comment as president, but that as a father he felt “boundless love” for his son.

Biden Hunter will also face trial in California in September for non-payment of $1.4 million (£1.1 million) in taxes.

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