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Joe Biden will not pardon his son

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds Agence France-Presse Hunter Biden was convicted Tuesday by a jury in Delaware of lying on a gun purchase form by claiming he was not illegally using drugs or addicted to drugs, and of having illegally possessed the weapon for 11 days.

Colleen Long – Associated Press in Fasano, Italy

Published at 7:55 p.m.

  • United States

United States President Joe Biden said Thursday he will not use his powers to reduce the sentence his son Hunter will receive following his federal conviction for illegal possession of a firearm.

When asked by reporters on Thursday if he would consider commuting his son's sentence, the US president replied that he would not. The press conference was held during the Group of Seven summit in Italy.

Hunter Biden was convicted Tuesday by a jury in Delaware of lying about a firearm purchase form stating that he was not illegally using drugs or addicted to drugs, and having illegally possessed the weapon for 11 days.

The judge who presided over the jury trial did not say Tuesday when she would pronounce sentence. All three counts carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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But it is now up to Federal District Judge Maryellen Noreika, appointed to the bench by former Republican President Donald Trump, to decide whether Hunter Biden will actually serve prison time in the case.

President Biden's statement Thursday in Italy comes after the day before, the White House had refused to rule out a possible commutation of Hunter Biden's sentence. The president and the White House have said for months that Mr. Biden would not pardon his son if he were convicted.

“I am extremely proud of my son Hunter . He overcame an addiction. He is one of the brightest and most honest men I know, Mr. Biden said at the press conference on Thursday. I respect the jury's decision. I will and I will not grant him a presidential pardon. »

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116