White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has firmly stated that President Joe Biden will neither pardon nor commute the sentence of his son if he is convicted of the charges against him.
This declaration came during a White House press briefing in response to a reporter’s question about the possibility of a presidential pardon or commutation for Hunter Biden.
Ms. Jean-Pierre reiterated her stance, noting that she had previously addressed the same question a few weeks ago, making it clear that such actions were not on the table.
Hunter Biden currently faces firearm-related charges stemming from an incident dating back to Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president in the Obama administration.
A Delaware grand jury recently issued an indictment containing three charges related to Hunter Biden’s purchase of a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver.
These charges are primarily connected to false statements made on a federal application completed by Hunter in October 2018 in order to purchase the firearm.
Hunter claimed he was not using drugs at the time of the handgun purchase, contradicting his later admission in his memoir that he was battling an addiction to crack cocaine during that period.
Facing Prison Time
Two of the counts against Hunter Biden carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison each, while the third carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
It’s a stark contrast to a previously discussed plea deal that would have placed Hunter in a diversion program, potentially expunging the gun-related charges upon successful completion.
The plea deal encountered complications when Delaware District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika raised objections to certain provisions, including immunity from future prosecutions and monitoring compliance.
These issues led to the plea deal being reconsidered, and when negotiations between Hunter Biden’s lawyers and prosecutors reached an impasse, Special Counsel David Weiss sought indictments against him.
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Source: The White House