Hunter Biden Prosecutors Rest Their Case in Delaware Gun Trial, President Says He Would Not Pardon Son if Convicted

Biden Impeachment Inquiry

Hunter Biden’s gun trial has reached a pivotal moment as the prosecution rests its case. This case, which has garnered significant public attention, involves allegations that Biden lied about his drug use on a federal form to purchase a firearm in 2018.

Here’s an overview of the trial’s key developments and President Joe Biden’s stance on the matter.

Prosecution’s Case Over several days, the prosecution presented testimony focusing on Hunter Biden’s drug use. Key witnesses included:

  • Erika Jensen: An FBI agent who used Biden’s memoir and data from his laptop to establish his drug history.
  • Kathleen Buhle: Biden’s ex-wife, who testified about his drug use as early as 2015.
  • Zoe Kestan: A former girlfriend who described Biden’s crack cocaine use in early 2018.
  • Gordon Cleveland: A gun store employee who sold the firearm to Biden and testified that Biden did not hesitate while filling out the federal form​.

Defense’s Strategy The defense aims to cast doubt on the prosecution’s narrative, arguing that Biden was not using drugs at the time of the gun purchase. Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, emphasized that Biden’s drug use began later and that he was using alcohol, not drugs, when he purchased the firearm. The defense also pointed to potential flaws in the sales process at the gun store, suggesting that store employees may have failed to properly guide Biden through the federal form​.

Judge and Jury The case is being presided over by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, a Trump appointee known for her rigorous approach to legal proceedings. Jury selection was meticulous, focusing on potential jurors’ views on gun rights, addiction, and political biases to ensure a fair trial​.

President Biden’s Position President Joe Biden has publicly expressed his unwavering support for his son, emphasizing his love and respect for Hunter. However, he has made it clear that he will not intervene in the judicial process and would not pardon his son if convicted. The President stated, “I am the president, but I am also a dad,” underscoring his commitment to both his family and the rule of law​​.

As the trial progresses, the defense will continue to present its case, aiming to dismantle the prosecution’s arguments and highlight potential procedural issues. The outcome remains uncertain, but it is clear that this trial is a significant moment for both Hunter Biden and the broader Biden family. The case’s developments will undoubtedly be closely watched as they unfold.