Biden Rules Out Pardon for Hunter in Gun Case

US President Joe Biden has stated that he will not pardon his son Hunter Biden, who was recently convicted of violating federal gun laws.

The Delaware jury reached their verdict on Tuesday, several months before the 2024 presidential election, where Biden will face former President Donald Trump. In a news conference during a G7 meeting in southern Italy, Biden said, “I am satisfied that I’m not going to do anything – I said I’d abide by the jury’s decision. I will do that. And I will not pardon him,”. When asked by reporters if he would commute his son’s sentence, Biden replied, “No.” 

The president reiterated his support for his son, stating, “I’m extremely proud of my son Hunter. He has overcome an addiction. He is one of the brightest, the most decent men I know,”.

Prosecutors argued that Hunter Biden violated gun laws by failing to disclose his addiction to crack cocaine when purchasing a revolver in 2018. Hunter Biden has acknowledged struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. His legal team, however, argued that he did not consider himself an addict at the time of buying the weapon. 

According to CNN, Hunter Biden faces a potential sentence of up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Last year, the prosecution sought a plea deal with Hunter Biden. The potential agreement was ultimately rejected, however, after it was criticized by the judge.

Republican and conservative figures have accused Hunter Biden of corruption and influence peddling on his father’s behalf. The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.