Biden reacts to son Hunter’s guilty verdict in gun case, vowing to ‘respect the legal process’

Washington — President Biden released a statement in response to his son Hunter Biden being Found guilty of three firearms-related charges in federal court in Delaware on Tuesday, with the president saying he would accept the outcome of the case and that he loved his son. The president returned to Delaware Tuesday afternoon after his sentencing and was photographed kissing his son.

The jury determined Hunter Biden Illegally purchased and possessed a firearm While he was addicted to crack cocaine, in violation of federal law that prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

“As I said last week, I am the president, but I am also a father,” the president said in his statement. “Jill and I love our son and are so proud of the man he is today. Many families whose loved ones have struggled with addiction understand the feeling of pride of seeing someone you love come out of the other side and being so strong and resilient As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and continue to respect the legal process while Hunter considers an appeal. and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support.

Mr. Biden has generally declined to comment on the case, but has previously said he would accept the jury’s decision and he will not grant mercy to his son. He did not say whether he would commute the sentence his son might receive.

President Joe Biden greets his son Hunter Biden at the Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

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Hunter Biden released his own statement after the verdict, expressing gratitude to his family and especially to his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden.

“I am more grateful today for the love and support I felt last week from Melissa, my family, friends and community than I am disappointed by the outcome,” Hunter Biden said. “Recovery is possible by the grace of God, and I am blessed to experience this gift one day at a time. »

Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said he was “understandably disappointed” by the verdict but respected the process and would “vigorously pursue all available legal challenges.”

First lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden leave the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building June 11, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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The verdict was delivered and read quickly on Tuesday, and first lady Jill Biden, who had been present for most of the trial, did not return to the courtroom in time to hear the verdict read. She walked out of court hand in hand with Hunter Biden.

President Biden was at the White House when the jury returned the verdict.

Other members of the Biden family were present at the trial to offer support, including the president’s brother, James. Naomi, Hunter Biden’s daughter tested in court.

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Hunter Biden was indicted on three firearms-related charges In September, after a proposed plea deal with federal prosecutors unraveled. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in California to face separate tax charges in September. He has pleaded not guilty in this case.

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