Hunter Biden found guilty on all three charges in federal gun case

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Published: 2024-06-11 21:39

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 12:28


Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden. (File photo)
Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden. (File photo)

Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, was found guilty Tuesday by a jury in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on federal gun charges on all three of the federal charges facing him.

This marks a historic first time a child of a sitting US president was criminally prosecuted.

Hunter, 54 years old, was convicted for lying on a firearm application form and his “illegal choices” while addicted to crack cocaine – said the lead prosecutor after the verdict – cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"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," special counsel David Weiss, who brought the case against Hunter Biden, told reporters.

In response, Biden said he will “respect the judicial process”.

"I am the President, but I am also a Dad," Biden said in a statement. "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.

"I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal,” he said.

Biden will visit Wilmington, Delaware today, according to the White House’s schedule – which was changed last-minute.