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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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Hunter Biden’s defense rests, President’s son declines to take stand

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Hunter Biden’s defense team, led by attorney Abbe Lowell, decided against the potentially risky move of having Hunter testify. After considering the option on Friday, Lowell ultimately chose not to call any witnesses on Monday. This decision came after two gun-store employees and Hunter’s daughter Naomi testified on his behalf the previous Friday, reports National Review. 

On Friday, Hunter’s uncle and business partner, James Biden, was also expected to testify but did not take the stand following Naomi’s contentious testimony that did not go so well for her father. James Biden, who, alongside Hunter, engaged in lucrative business dealings with the Chinese conglomerate CEFC, was present in the courtroom on Monday. House Republicans have accused Hunter and James of lying to Congress about their overseas dealings and have referred them to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

Naomi Biden’s testimony, intended to bolster the defense, went off track under cross-examination. Despite her initial claim that her father was “the clearest” she had seen him in years during their time together in Los Angeles in August 2018, prosecutor Leo Wise undermined her credibility by introducing text messages. These messages, sent in the days immediately following the gun purchase, depicted Hunter as unresponsive and erratic, contradicting Naomi’s portrayal.

Special counsel David Weiss and his team of prosecutors are pursuing three federal gun charges against Hunter Biden. Two charges are for allegedly lying about his drug addiction on a federal gun-purchase background-check form, and a third for allegedly possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine. Hunter has pleaded not guilty to the charges and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, although he is likely to receive a lighter sentence as a first-time, non-violent offender.

Prosecutors have maintained throughout the trial that Hunter was an active crack-cocaine addict when he falsely claimed otherwise on the background-check form. They have presented “overwhelming” evidence, including text messages, images, and videos from Hunter’s abandoned laptop. The prosecution also relied on Hunter’s own memoir, which details his struggles with addiction.

Hunter had the Colt Cobra revolver in his possession for eleven days after purchasing it at StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply in Wilmington in October 2018. His ex-girlfriend and sister-in-law, Hallie Biden, eventually found the gun and threw it into a trash can at a nearby grocery store, fearing Hunter might harm himself. Hallie testified that she also discovered remnants of crack cocaine in Hunter’s car when she found the firearm.

Hallie’s testimony was supported by two other women who had romantic relationships with Hunter and testified that he was using crack cocaine around the time of the gun purchase.

The prosecution also called three expert witnesses: an FBI special agent, an FBI chemist, and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent. Prosecutor Derek Hines and FBI agent Erica Jensen reviewed a wealth of texts, photos, videos, bank records, and memoir excerpts to establish Hunter’s pattern of behavior and drug use. The FBI chemist confirmed that the pouch containing Hunter’s gun tested positive for cocaine, while the DEA agent corroborated the connection between the drugs, drug paraphernalia, and coded language linked to Hunter’s crack-cocaine habit.

Before Naomi’s testimony, gun salesman Jason Turner and gun-store owner Ron Palimere provided brief testimonies. Turner, who handled Hunter’s background check, never interacted with him directly. Palimere only recalled granting permission for gun salesman Gordon Cleveland to use Hunter’s passport as ID for the gun sale, corroborating Cleveland’s testimony.

Cleveland, a part-time salesman and full-time garbage-truck driver, testified that Hunter had clearly indicated his intent to purchase a firearm and selected the items he bought, countering Lowell’s claims that Cleveland had pressured Hunter into the purchase.

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