White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has reaffirmed that President Joe Biden has no intentions of either commuting or pardoning his son in the event of a conviction.
During a recent White House press briefing, a reporter inquired whether the President would consider pardoning or commuting his son’s sentence if convicted. Jean-Pierre clarified that she had already addressed this question not too long ago, emphasizing that the answer is a definitive no.
Hunter Biden is currently facing firearm-related charges filed by Special Counsel David Weiss, stemming from an incident during Joe Biden’s tenure as Vice President in the Obama administration. A Delaware grand jury recently issued an indictment comprising three charges related to Hunter Biden’s acquisition of a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver with the serial number RA 551363, as per court documents.
The indictment implicates President Biden’s son, Hunter, in three crimes linked to false statements he made on a federal application submitted in October 2018 to purchase a firearm. Contrary to his claims on the application that he was not using drugs, Hunter Biden later disclosed in his memoir that he was battling an addiction to crack cocaine during that period.
Two of the counts against Hunter Biden carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while the third entails a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. This indictment follows the dismissal of a previously discussed plea deal, which, if accepted, would have placed Hunter in a diversion program, ultimately expunging the gun-related charges from his record.
Delaware District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika rejected the initial plea deal, citing objections to specific provisions that included immunity from future prosecutions and her role in monitoring compliance with certain aspects of the agreement.
Subsequently, negotiations between Hunter Biden’s legal team and prosecutors reached an impasse, prompting Special Counsel Weiss to pursue indictments against the President’s son.