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Hunter Biden trial: President changes his schedule to be with his son after guilty verdict

After three hours of deliberations, the jury convicted the president’s son on all charges

Ariana Baio,Gustaf Kilander
Wednesday 12 June 2024 14:40 BST
Security footage appears to shows Hallie Biden dumping Hunter Biden’s gun in garbage

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President Joe Biden flew to Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday to be with his son Hunter Biden after a jury convicted him on three federal gun charges.

Hours after the verdict, the White House Press Office announced that the president’s schedule had changed and that he would head hometown. Later that afternoon, Biden landed in Delaware – greeting his son, daughter-in-law and grandson on the tarmac.

Hunter was charged with two counts of making false statements and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm for obtaining a gun in October 2018 while he was addicted to crack cocaine.

The president has already said he will not pardon his son but issued a statement saying he and first lady Jill Biden love and support their son and are proud of his resilience in recovery.

Throughout Hunter’s federal gun charges trial, members of the Biden family flocked to the courthouse to show their support for the defendant.

On Tuesday evening, CNN aired a montage comparing and contrasting the very different reaction of Fox News hosts to the criminal convictions of Donald Trump and the younger Biden at their respective trials.

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Recap: Hallie Biden testifies about complicated relationship with Hunter

Hallie, the widow of Hunter’s brother Beau Biden, testified that she has known Hunter since middle school, adding that their relationship began in late 2015 or early 2016 following the death of her husband.

She agreed it was sometimes “intense” but always “complicated.”

She began her testimony on Thursday by saying that she initially found crack cocaine in her house in Wilmington, Delaware, the city where the trial is taking place. She had to google it to understand what it was but Hunter also didn’t deny it, instead telling her what it was.

Hallie testified she saw Hunter use drugs in Washington, DC, and was also present for him buying drugs, which she said ranged in size from smaller than a marble to larger than a ping pong ball. She added that she saw his behavior change, that he became “agitated” and “high-strung” but also that he was “functioning.”

“This can’t go on, we can’t do this,” she texted him, telling the court that Hunter was often in denial about his substance abuse.

“Leave me alone, I’m fine, I’ll figure it out my way,” he replied.

Crack and alcohol were both “issues” during the relationship, Hallie testified.

She also spoke of her drug use which began after she was introduced to crack cocaine by Hunter.

“It was a terrible experience, I’m ashamed and I regret that period of my life,” she said on Thursday.

Gustaf Kilander11 June 2024 16:00
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Verdict reached

The jury in Hunter Biden’s federal gun charges trial has reached a verdict.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:07
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Hunter Biden enters court with wife and family

Hunter Biden is in the federal building in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, his aunt, Valerie Biden Owens, and uncle James Biden.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:14
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Hunter Biden found guilty

Hunter Biden has been convicted on all three felony gun charges.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:24
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Sentencing set for later date

Judge Maryellen Noreika, who presided over the case, said she would set Hunter Biden’s sentencing date at a later time.

The charges carry a maximum sentencing of 15 years and $750,000 in fines. It unlikely Biden will face jail time as a first-time nonviolent offender.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:28
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Watch live: Jury finds Hunter Biden guilty on all three counts in gun trial

Live: Jury finds Hunter Biden guilty on all three counts in gun trial

Watch live from outside court in Wilmington, Delaware, after the jury in Hunter Biden's trial on criminal gun charges finds him guilty on all three counts.Su...

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:30
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First Lady misses verdict reading

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden missed the verdict reading by minutes.

So far, she has attended nearly every day of Hunter’s trial – only missing it to travel to France with her husband to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The first lady arrived at the courthouse just after 11:20 a.m.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:32
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Hunter Biden leaves court without speaking

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, left the federal building in Wilmington, Delaware without speaking to the press.

After the guilty verdict was read, Biden got into a car with his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, and drove off.

Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:42
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Inside the courtroom as the verdict was read

As Hunter Biden heard the jury’s decision to convict him on all three federal gun charges, he stared straight ahead showing little to no emotion.

Biden nodded his head a bit while remaining extremely still.

Afterward, he hugged members of his team, seemingly eager to leave the courthouse.

Gustaf Kilander, Ariana Baio11 June 2024 16:50
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Hunter Biden prosecutor says ‘ugly’ evidence was ‘necessary’

The defense and the prosecution painted two starkly different pictures of Hunter Biden’s 2018 gun purchase during closing arguments on Monday.

Lawyers for Biden outlined a story of a recovering addict who genuinely believed he was on the mend when he checked a box saying that he wasn’t an active user of illicit drugs on a form to buy a firearm on 12 October 2018.

Meanwhile, the prosecution argued that Biden was well aware that he was an addict and an active drug user when he bought the 38 Colt Special at StarQuest Shooters and Survival Supply in Wilmington.

Gustaf Kilander11 June 2024 17:00

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