US President Biden Pledges Not To Pardon Son Or Commute Sentence

US President Joe Biden stated Thursday that he would not pardon or shorten his son Hunter’s sentence after he was convicted of lying about his drug use while purchasing a weapon.

“No,” Biden replied when reporters at a G7 summit press conference in Italy asked if he would commute any sentence that 54-year-old Hunter faces.

“I’m extremely proud of my son Hunter. He has overcome an addiction, he’s one of the brightest, most decent men I know,” Biden said.

“I said I’d abide by the jury decision. I will do that. I will not pardon him,” he said.

In the first criminal prosecution of a sitting US president’s kid, a jury on Tuesday convicted Hunter Biden guilty of three felony counts stemming from his 2018 purchase of a firearm while addicted to crack.

He might face up to 25 years in prison, but as a first-time offender, incarceration seems improbable. The sentencing date has not been established, but it is expected to take place within the next few months.

Biden said in a statement following the verdict that he loved his only surviving son — his oldest son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 — and would respect the jury’s decision.

However, his statements in Italy on Thursday marked his first public statement on the verdict.

The day before his journey to Italy, Biden, 81, modified his plans to fly to Wilmington, Delaware, the family hometown where the trial was place.

Hunter Biden was waiting on the runway as Marine One landed, and his father gave him a loving hug before they left in a motorcade.

The verdict came as Biden confronts a tough re-election struggle against Donald Trump, who just became the first former president to be convicted of a felony.

A New York jury found Trump guilty of violating election laws by lying about hush money payments to a porn star.

 

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