Jury Selection Begins For Hunter Biden: President Proclaims 'Boundless Love' For His SEVERELY Troubled Son

By Tommy Wilson | Tuesday, 04 June 2024 09:30 AM
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The federal gun case against Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, commenced on Monday with the selection of the jury.

This development follows the breakdown of a plea deal that would have circumvented the spectacle of a trial so near to the 2024 election. First lady Jill Biden was present in the courtroom, seated in the front row, demonstrating her support for her son.

President Biden expressed his unwavering love, confidence, and respect for his son in a statement. He said, "I am the President, but I am also a Dad," and added that he would refrain from further commenting on the case. He affirmed his and Jill's love for their son and their pride in the man he has become.

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Hunter Biden, who spent the preceding weekend with his parents, faces three felony charges in Delaware. These charges stem from a 2018 firearm purchase when he was, as per his memoir, grappling with a crack addiction. He stands accused of lying to a federally licensed gun dealer, making a false claim on the application used to screen firearms applicants by stating he was not a drug user, and illegally possessing the gun for 11 days.

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Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty and contends that he is being unjustly targeted by the Justice Department. This follows Republicans' outcry over the now-defunct plea deal, which they perceived as preferential treatment for the Democratic president's son.

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The trial's commencement comes shortly after Donald Trump, the presumptive 2024 presidential nominee for the Republicans, was convicted of 34 felonies in New York City. A jury found the former president guilty of a scheme to cover up a hush money payment to a porn actor to prevent damage to his 2016 presidential campaign. While these two criminal cases are unrelated, their proximity highlights the central role criminal courts are playing in the 2024 campaign.

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In Delaware, Judge Maryellen Noreika individually questioned prospective jurors who answered "yes" on a questionnaire to ascertain their ability to be fair and impartial. The questions ranged from their knowledge of the case to their thoughts about gun ownership and whether they or anyone close to them have struggled with substance abuse or addiction or ever owned a gun. Other questions focused on the role politics may have played in the charges.

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One potential juror admitted she was unsure of her ability to be impartial due to the opinion she had formed about Hunter Biden based on media reports. Another prospective juror was dismissed because his family has a long history in law enforcement, and he said he could not be impartial. A third was excused because he was very aware of the case, and, "It seems like politics is playing a big role in who gets charged with what and when."

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Only one potential juror answered "no" to all the questions and moved on to the next phase. Another who was not dismissed said he holds a concealed carry permit and owns three handguns. The man said he has strong views on gun ownership and believes every law-abiding citizen should be able to own a gun.

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"I believe the Second Amendment is very important," he explained.

Attorneys jointly moved to dismiss a woman who expressed strong anti-gun views during questioning.

"I would like stronger laws in this country about certain types of weapons," she said. "The ones with high repeat, you know, that kill children in schools."

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The woman also said the government should require more background checks and make it harder to get a gun "that can kill a lot of people at once."

"I would ban them altogether to be honest," acknowledged the woman, who also said she has donated to Democratic congressional candidates around the country and joined "one of the resistance groups" after the 2016 election.

Hunter Biden also faces a separate trial in California in September on charges of failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes. Both cases were to have been resolved through a deal with prosecutors last July, the culmination of a yearslong investigation into his business dealings.

But Noreika, who was nominated to the bench by Trump, questioned some unusual aspects of the deal, which included a proposed guilty plea to misdemeanor offenses to resolve the tax crimes and a diversion agreement on the gun charge, which meant as long as he stayed out of trouble for two years the case would be dismissed. The lawyers could not come to a resolution, and the deal fell apart. Attorney General Merrick Garland then appointed the top investigator as a special counsel in August, and a month later Hunter Biden was indicted.

This trial isn't about Hunter Biden's foreign business affairs — which Republicans have seized on without evidence to try to paint the Biden family as corrupt. But it will excavate some of Hunter Biden's darkest moments and put them on display.

The president's allies are worried about the toll the trial may take on the elder Biden, who’s long been concerned about the well-being and sobriety of his only living son and who must now watch as his son's painful past mistakes are publicly scrutinized.

Allies are also worried the trial could become a distraction as the president tries to campaign under anemic poll numbers and as he is preparing for an upcoming presidential debate while the proceedings play out.

Hunter Biden arrived first to the Delaware courthouse on Monday. The first lady, who turned 73 on Monday, followed about 15 minutes later and walked briskly into court, flanked by U.S. Secret Service agents. Hunter Biden’s sister Ashley Biden was also in court, and his wife, Melissa. The president was in Wilmington until he left for a campaign reception in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The case against Hunter Biden stems from a period when, by his own public admission, he was addicted to crack. His descent into drugs and alcohol followed the 2015 death of his brother, Beau Biden, from cancer. He bought and owned a gun for 11 days in October 2018 and indicated on the gun purchase form that he was not using drugs.

Defense attorneys have suggested they may argue that Hunter Biden didn’t see himself as an addict when prosecutors say he checked “no” to the question on the form. They will also attack the credibility of the gun store owner.

If convicted, Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison, though first-time offenders do not get anywhere near the maximum, and it's unclear whether the judge would give him time behind bars.

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