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Joe Biden vows not to pardon Hunter

The president has said he will not interfere in the criminal proceedings against his son

US President and his son at an event on the White House South Lawn on April 1, 2024, Washington, DC. ©  Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

US President Joe Biden has promised not to pardon his son Hunter Biden, who was recently found guilty of violating federal gun laws. A Delaware jury announced its verdict on Tuesday, several months before the 2024 presidential election in which Joe Biden will face former President Donald Trump.

Hunter Biden violated gun laws by failing to disclose his crack cocaine addiction when he bought a revolver in 2018. While he has admitted to struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, his defense team claimed that he did not consider himself an addict at the time the weapon was purchased. 

“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,” Biden said at a news conference during a G7 meeting in southern Italy. Asked by reporters whether he would commute his son’s sentence, he replied, “No.” 

The president reaffirmed his support for his son. “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,” he said.

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Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000, according to CNN. The sentencing date has not been set yet.

Last year, the prosecution attempted to reach a plea deal with the younger Biden. The potential agreement fell apart, however, after it was criticized by the judge.

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

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