When asked about the guilty verdict Hunter received yesterday for three gun-related felony charges, President Joe Biden said he accepted the outcome and will respect the judicial system. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign criticized it as a “distraction” from the “real crimes of the Biden Family.”

“As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad,” Biden said. “Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.”

Hunter has been found guilty of violating federal laws by purchasing a firearm while being addicted to crack cocaine and lying on federal forms about his condition. The jury’s deliberation took three hours, ending a one-week trial led by special counsel David Weiss, a prosecutor appointed by Trump who is still serving in Biden’s Department of Justice. Weiss charged Hunter in 2023.

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“While there has been much testimony about the defendant’s use of drugs and alcohol, ultimately, this case was not just about addiction, a disease that haunts families across the United States, including Hunter Biden’s family,” Weiss said in his formal statement. “This case was about the illegal choices the defendant made while in the throes of addiction — his choice to lie on a government form when he bought a gun and the choice to then possess that gun. It was these choices and the combination of guns and drugs that made his conduct dangerous.”

Hunter, 54, initially attempted to form a plea deal with the judge in July 2023, which collapsed. The judge was commended for her impartiality by Fox guest Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law attorney.

After the guilty verdict was delivered, President Biden delivered a scheduled speech at the annual conference for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control nonprofit advocacy group founded in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. “You’re changing the nation, you really are,” Biden told them, reiterating his intention to ban “assault weapons” nationwide. “They’re weapons of war,” he said.

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

His attorney, Abbe Lowell, implied an appeal was probable, saying, “we will continue to vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter.” Hunter Biden will face another federal trial, scheduled to begin on September 5th, on allegations of tax evasion.

As a writer for Bloomberg pointed out, Biden’s plan to blast Trump for being a “convicted felon” on the campaign trail has now been marred by the fact that his son is, too.

The Trump campaign is not thrilled with the verdict, suspecting there is some foul play involved in the narrative-formation. “This trial has been nothing more than a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family, which has raked in tens of millions of dollars from China, Russia and Ukraine,” said campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt. “Crooked Joe Biden’s reign over the Biden Family Criminal Empire is all coming to an end on November 5th, and never again will a Biden sell government access for personal profit.”


Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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