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Charges: I Won’t Pardon Son Or Reduce His Sentence – Biden Pledges

Charges: I Won’t Pardon Son Or Reduce His Sentence – Biden Pledges
  • PublishedJune 14, 2024

President Joe Biden has reportedly promised not to pardon his son Hunter or commute any sentence following Hunter’s conviction on charges of lying about his drug addiction while buying a handgun.

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

“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.

A jury on Tuesday found Hunter Biden guilty on three felony counts stemming from his 2018 purchase of a handgun while addicted to crack cocaine.

This is the first criminal prosecution of a sitting US president’s child in history.

He could face up to 25 years in prison, though as a first-time offender jail time is unlikely. A date was not set for sentencing but it is expected to take place in the next few months.

Biden said in a statement after the verdict that he loved his sole surviving son — his eldest son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 — and would respect the jury’s conclusion.

But his comments in Italy on Thursday were his first public statement on the verdict.

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