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Rough day in court for Hunter Biden defense team: ex says he smoked crack ‘every 20 minutes’



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Hunter Biden’s defense team faced significant setbacks in court on Wednesday, leading Hunter to joke about representing himself as he left the courtroom. The carefully crafted defense presented by attorney Abbe Lowell on Tuesday was undermined by testimony from Hunter’s ex-girlfriend and ex-wife, who detailed his crack-cocaine usage around the time he purchased a firearm in October 2018, and by the gun salesman who sold him the weapon.

Hunter Biden is facing two federal charges for allegedly lying about his drug addiction on a gun-purchase background-check form and a third charge for allegedly possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

National Review reports that the bulk of the day was dominated by testimony from Hunter Biden’s ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan, who dated him from December 2017 to November 2018. Prosecutor Leo Wise conducted a thorough direct examination, using photos from Kestan’s cellphone to support her testimony. Kestan provided detailed accounts of their time together, recalling specific dates and locations, and consistently confirmed that Hunter smoked crack cocaine during their hotel and Airbnb stays.

“Every 20 minutes or so,” Kestan stated about Hunter’s crack habit during one hotel stay. She noted he smoked less frequently in public and his demeanor did not change after smoking. Wise presented photos from Kestan’s cellphone showing drug paraphernalia in their lodgings, including an image of Biden in a hotel bathtub holding a crack pipe.

Kestan recounted that Biden allowed her to withdraw cash for drug purchases and described drug transactions she witnessed. Her testimony and images helped establish that Hunter was smoking crack in September 2018, following a late August rehab stint in Malibu, California. She claimed the rehab stint did not significantly impact Hunter’s behavior, contradicting Lowell’s argument that Hunter had achieved some sobriety and did not consider himself an addict when he purchased the gun.

Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, also testified, recalling the discovery of a crack pipe on their porch on July 3, 2015, the day after their 22nd wedding anniversary. Buhle, who divorced Hunter in 2017, appeared hesitant and saddened during her testimony. She remembered finding drugs or paraphernalia in Hunter’s car numerous times between 2015 and 2019, despite struggling to recall specific details.

Gun salesman Gordon Cleveland provided a detailed account of Hunter Biden’s gun purchase at StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply. Cleveland, a part-time salesman and full-time garbage-truck driver, described his interaction with Hunter, refuting Lowell’s claim that Hunter was convinced to buy a gun by Cleveland. Cleveland testified that he advised Hunter to take his time and be truthful when filling out the background-check form.

During cross-examination, Lowell attempted to portray Cleveland as a sleazy, greedy salesman, but Cleveland maintained he was simply doing his job and providing high-quality guns to customers.

First Lady Jill Biden observed part of the proceedings, while Hunter’s current wife, Melissa Cohen, watched the entire day unfold. Kevin Morris, Hunter’s friend and financial patron, was also present in the courtroom alongside the Biden family.

Cleveland’s cross-examination is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

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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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