Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (2024)

Table of Contents
What we covered here Catch up on everything you need to know after Hunter Biden was convicted on federal gun charges President Biden hugs his son after arriving in Delaware Republican senators react to Hunter Biden's conviction Jury mainly focused on evidence, not Hunter Biden's lifestyle, juror tells CNN Sen. Mitch McConnell writes op-ed seeming to argue against special counsels Meanwhile, Trump said during pre-sentencing interview he had a gun in Florida, weeks after his conviction President's handling of Hunter Biden conviction "shows the difference" between parties, Ocasio-Cortez says House Democrats and Republicans debate whether Hunter Biden's and Trump's verdicts are comparable Runners helped get news from the Hunter Biden trial out of the courthouse President Biden doesn't mention son's conviction in first public appearance since the jury's verdict House GOP redirect attention to Hunter Biden's financial dealings and tax evasion Speaker Johnson argues Hunter Biden's conviction doesn't undercut GOP claims of two-tiered system of justice President Biden will head to Delaware after speaking at gun safety event Special counsel thanks US attorney general for independence to pursue investigations "No one in this country is above the law," special counsel says Special counsel David Weiss thanks the jury Special counsel: This case wasn't "just about addiction" but about "illegal choices" Hunter Biden made NOW: Special counsel David Weiss is speaking to the press following Hunter Biden verdict Juror to CNN: "I really don't think Hunter belongs in jail" Analysis: Hunter Biden could appeal on a larger constitutional question about guns and illegal drugs There was one holdout when the jury started its deliberation on Tuesday morning, juror tells CNN Hunter Biden says he is "disappointed" by the guilty verdict but "grateful" for his family's love See the moment the guilty verdict was read in court Special counsel Weiss and prosecutors will hold news conference at 1 p.m. ET Biden balances foreign commitments with painful family moments In statement after his son's conviction, Biden says "I am the President, but I am also a Dad" Analysis: Hunter Biden will likely file appeal but faces cost constraints due to civil lawsuits Hunter Biden hugged family and legal team after the guilty verdict was read Trump campaign responds to Hunter Biden conviction Hunter Biden expected to issue a written statement after the jury found him guilty Hunter Biden huddled with lawyers in court as first lady entered after guilty verdict Here's what President Biden has previously said about his son's criminal case Judge said sentencing is usually set for 120 days after verdict President Biden scheduled to deliver remarks on gun reform hours after his son was convicted in gun case Court adjourns in Hunter Biden trial after jury returns guilty verdict Analysis: Hunter Biden will likely not be sentenced to the full 25 years since he is a first-time offender JUST IN: Hunter Biden convicted on all 3 charges at federal gun trial Hunter Biden has arrived back at courthouse JUST IN: A verdict has been reached in the Hunter Biden trial See a courtroom sketch from Hunter Biden's trial These are the 3 charges Hunter Biden faces in the gun trial What we know about the Hunter Biden jury Biden expected to tout efforts to prevent gun violence in remarks Tuesday as jury deliberates his son's fate Hunter Biden left the courthouse as jury continues to deliberate What both sides said to the jury before the panel started deliberations Hunter Biden's gun trial has put his family's intimate struggles on display Jury resumes deliberations in Hunter Biden trial Hunter Biden arrives at court as jury prepares to resume deliberations The jury heard from 13 witnesses during the trial. Here's who was called to the stand The jury will resume deliberations in the gun case against Hunter Biden. Here are some takeaways from Monday Analysis: Joe Biden faces an agonizing wait as a jury deliberates his son’s fate References

Live Updates

From CNN's Holmes Lybrand, Marshall Cohen and Hannah Rabinowitz at the courthouse

Updated 6:45 PM EDT, Tue June 11, 2024

Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (1)

Video Ad Feedback

Last night the jury was split in half. Juror tells CNN what changed

03:49 - Source: CNN

What we covered here

  • A federal jury found Hunter Biden guilty Tuesday on all three federal felony gun charges he faced, concluding that he violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts from owning firearms.
  • The conviction marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president.
  • In a statement, Hunter Biden said he was “disappointed” by the guilty verdict but “grateful” for his family’s love. President Biden expressed support for his son in a statement and said he would “respect the judicial process.”
  • Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender. The judge said sentencing is usually set for 120 days following a verdict, which means it is likely to happen before Election Day.

Our live coverage of the trial has concluded. Please scroll below for details on the verdict and the aftermath.

51 Posts

Catch up on everything you need to know after Hunter Biden was convicted on federal gun charges

From CNN staff
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (2)

Hunter Biden departs from federal court on Tuesday, in Wilmington, Delaware.

A federal jury has convicted Hunter Biden on all three federal felony gun charges he faced, concluding that he violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts from owning firearms.

The conviction marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president.

The jury, which deliberated for just under three hours, returned guilty verdicts onall three charges, which stemmed from a revolverHunter Biden bought in October 2018 at a Delaware gun shop.

Here’s what we know:

  • The charges: The first two counts were for lying about his drug use on a federal background check form, and the third count was for possessing a gun while addicted to, or using, illegal drugs. The judge said sentencing is usually set for 120 days following a verdict. Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less as a first-time offender.
  • Hunter Biden: Following the verdict, Hunter Biden said he is “more grateful for the love and support” of his family than he is “disappointed by the outcome.” His attorney, Abbe Lowell, said they would continue to “vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter.”
  • Joe Biden: In a statement, the president reiterated his role as a father seeking to support his son after the conviction. “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” he said.
  • David Weiss: The special counsel said the case was “not just about addiction” but about the “illegal choices” Hunter Biden made while he was using drugs. He reiterated that no one is above the law, even the president’s son. Weiss thanked the jury, prosecutors and the US attorney general.
  • Inside the deliberation room: When deliberations first began Monday afternoon, the jury was split, according to one juror who spoke to CNN. After discussing the elements of each crime, they were ready to return a unanimous verdict Tuesday, the juror said. Three jurors who spoke to CNN said they believed they had no choice but to find Hunter Biden guilty, but one said the case “seemed like a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
  • What else jurors said: One juror told CNN, “I really don’t think that Hunter belongs in jail.” The juror said they were mainly focused on evidence, not Hunter Biden’s lifestyle, adding that politics did not come up. The man said the jurors felt bad that Naomi Biden, Hunter’s daughter, was called to testify. He said, in his opinion, it was a mistake to put her on the stand.

President Biden hugs his son after arriving in Delaware

From CNN's Donald Judd
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (3)

President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden upon arrival at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, on June 11, as he travels to Wilmington, Delaware.

President Joe Biden hugged his son Hunter Biden after the president landed at the Delaware Air National Guard base on Tuesday.

The embrace came hours after a jury found Hunter Biden guilty of all three federal felony gun charges he faced, concluding that he violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts from owning firearms.

After the plane landed, video showed Hunter Biden, his son Beau and his wife Melissa walking across the tarmac to greet the president.

The headline and post were updated with more details.

Republican senators react to Hunter Biden's conviction

From CNN staff

SenateRepublicansuniformlysaid Tuesdaythat the guilty verdict in theHunterBidengun case shows thejusticesystemworkedand theybrushed away questions that theconvictionshows thatGOPclaims ofselective prosecution are politically motivated.

Here’s what some senators told CNN:

Sen.John Thune: “HunterBiden’snot running for any political office. DonaldTrump’s running for president. There are all kinds of different dynamicsintwo totally different cases,” he said. “The clear thinginthe (Trump) New York case, I mean, there’snoargument. … This is politically motivated. The prosecutor ran, he got up there, got the jobonthe predicate of trying to prosecute the former president.”

Sen. Rick Scott: “First, in this case, this is existing law that people have been prosecuted beforeandthey’ve been connected before,and they’ve been sentenced before,” he said. “In the caseof(Donald) Trump, they’ve made up something brandnew that nobody’s been prosecuted before.Andit was complete political persecution.”

“No one’s ever been persecuted the way Trump was persecuted in New York. No one. No one in this country,” he said.

Sen. Josh Hawley: “Let’s remember that DOJ initially wanted to do a plea bargain (with Hunter Biden), had a plea bargain with him, as sortofa sweetheart dealanddidnotwant to prosecute this case. I mean, so I think it exposes the fact that DOJ was ready to sweep this under the rug,” the Missouri lawmaker said. “Andas it turns out, it was a slam dunk case, which, by the way, isnothing to celebrate. I mean, it’s like it’snot, it’snota good thing that he’s guilty.”

With contributions from CNN’s Sam Fossum,Manu Raju and Kristin Wilson

Jury mainly focused on evidence, not Hunter Biden's lifestyle, juror tells CNN

From CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz, Kit Maher and Evan Perez

A juror told CNN that the jury mainly focused on evidence, not Hunter Biden’s lifestyle, during deliberations in his trial on federal gun charges.

Juror 10 said he felt sad about how Hunter Biden’s life had turned out, even though it wasn’t discussed in detail.

The juror said he based his decision on the fact that Hunter Biden did not disclose that he was a drug addict when he bought the gun.

“When you look at that form, ‘Are you a drug addict, are you an unlawful user of drugs,’ and he said no,” the juror said quoting the ATF form Hunter Biden was convicted of lying on. “Clearly, he lied.”

Jurors thoroughly discussed each legal standard that needed to be met by prosecutors to find Hunter Biden guilty, they finally concluded that he was guilty, he said.

“Hunter did get a fair trial,” the juror said, adding that the Biden family was “not at all” discussed during deliberations.

“We didn’t use Jill. We didn’t use President Biden,” he said. The president’s “name was only brought up once during the trial.”

This post was updated with additional comments from the juror.

Sen. Mitch McConnell writes op-ed seeming to argue against special counsels

From CNN's Lauren Fox
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (4)

Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate Chamber at the capitol on Tuesday, June 11.

In a fairly dense Wall Street Journal op-ed, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued that special counsels are giving away too much power in the judiciary by transferring power to bureaucrats and decentralizing it from those who should have responsibility like Attorney General Merrick Garland.

As an example, McConnell appears to criticize the use of special counsels under Garland.

“This misbegotten trust in bureaucrats also undermines democratic legitimacy in the executive branch. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed three different ‘special counsels’ who operate outside the normal chain of command at the Justice Department to ensure prosecutorial ‘independence,’” McConnell wrote.

He said, “What gives federal prosecution legitimacy is that it is vested in an elected branch of government.”

Meanwhile, Trump said during pre-sentencing interview he had a gun in Florida, weeks after his conviction

From CNN's John Miller

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Probation officials have questioned former President Donald Trump about an additional gun that had been registered to him in New York and his access to firearms as part of their pre-sentencing interview, a city official briefed on the exchange said.

The former president was convicted on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records at the end of last month. Possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon is a federal crime.

According to the official, Trump said that there was a gun in Florida, which is believed to be one of the three weapons listed on his New York City permit to carry concealed weapons.

CNN has previously reported that two of the three pistols he was licensed to carry were turned over to the NYPD on March 31, 2023, anda third gun listed on Trump’s license “was lawfully moved to Florida.” Contacted by CNN last week, Palm Beach police said that they were unaware of any gun that Trump might have and that none had been turned over to the department since his felony conviction.

Trump’s New York gun license was suspended after his arrest in 2023 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and, now as a result of his conviction, his license is being revoked, according to New York City Police. A New York official briefed on the probation investigation said the information on the outstanding gun “will be referred to local authorities in Florida to take whatever steps are necessary.”

CNN has asked representatives for Trump about the status of the gun.

President's handling of Hunter Biden conviction "shows the difference" between parties, Ocasio-Cortez says

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Manu Raju

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked Republicans after the Hunter Biden guilty verdict and said that President Joe Biden’s handling of the case “shows the difference” between the two parties.

Asked if she was concerned the guilty verdict would hurt the president, Ocasio-Cortez said: “I don’t think so. Because the president is not weaponizing” and abusing his power, instead he is “respecting the judicial system as it’s working and is accepting the outcome of the trial.”

House Democrats and Republicans debate whether Hunter Biden's and Trump's verdicts are comparable

From CNN's Annie Grayer

House Republicans and Democrats debated Tuesday whether Hunter Biden’s guilty verdict on federal gun charges could be compared to former President Donald Trump’s conviction in his hush money trial.

During a House Rules Committee meeting Tuesday, Democrats said they respect the verdict and the rule of law, while Republicans argued the two cases could not be compared equally.

GOP Rep. Harriet Hageman of Wyoming argued that because the judge overseeing Trump’s trial was “handpicked” and expert witnesses were excluded from testifying, there were “clear differences” between the two cases.

GOP Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia argued the jury pool in Trump’s New York case was already stacked against the former president compared with the jury in Hunter Biden’s case.

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland contrasted how Democrats have been largely silent in the wake of Hunter Biden’s guilty verdict with how Republicans have mobilized to attack the Department of Justice after Trump’s conviction.

Runners helped get news from the Hunter Biden trial out of the courthouse

From CNN's Macayla Cook
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (5)

CNN's Macayla Cook runs to deliver the news about the verdict in Hunter Biden's trial on June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

CNN relied on a system of runners to get notes from reporters watching the Hunter Biden trial to the world in real-time. Here’s one runner’s description:

As a journalism student at the University of Delaware preparing for my final year of college before the real world, I jumped at the chance when one of my journalism professors sent me a text asking if I wanted to work for CNN.

There’s a very strict policy on electronics in the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building that prohibits the usage of laptops and phonesinside. Thispolicy may have been a hassle, but I’m ultimately grateful for it, as it’s the reason I had a job during the trial.

My title of runner was extremely literal. I took notes from reporters in the courtroom and delivered them to a team of producers on the ground. This is how CNN and many other media outlets maintained live updates during the trial — it was thanks to runners like me.

Day after day, I was tasked with carrying notes bearing the latest national news up and down three flights of stairs, which was a tedious task when the trial was slow and an utterly invigorating one when it wasn’t.

By the end of the trial, I was on a first-name basis with nearly all of the security guards. It all paid off though when we finally got to theverdict, and I believe I may have sprinted faster than I ever had to get that note to our producers on the ground.

If all goes according to plan, this will be far from the last court case I cover, but I would call this a pretty solid first trial.

President Biden doesn't mention son's conviction in first public appearance since the jury's verdict

From CNN's Michael Williams
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (6)

President Joe Biden speaks to Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund's "Gun Sense University," at the Washington Hilton, on Tuesday, June 11, in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday heralded the steps his administration has taken to strengthen gun laws in the United States and enhance the penalties for those who violate them — offering a somewhat awkward juxtaposition for a president whose son had been convicted just hours earlier on federal gun charges.

Speaking at an Everytown for Gun Safety event in Washington, DC, the president did not reference Hunter Biden’s conviction. He did briefly appear to become emotional while referencing the times he’s spoken with families who have lost loved ones in mass shootings.

The president is set to depart for Wilmington, Delaware, where his son is, after the event.

Joe Biden was not originally scheduled to travel to Wilmington on Tuesday, but the White House updated his schedule after Hunter Biden’s conviction.

House GOP redirect attention to Hunter Biden's financial dealings and tax evasion

From CNN's Annie Grayer
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (7)

Rep. James Comer walks on the House side of the US Capitol on May 14, in Washington, DC.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer called the guilty verdict against Hunter Biden “a step toward accountability.” ButComer said he will not be satisfied until the Department of Justice investigates the Biden family’s business dealings even though his 18 months of work has yet to uncover any evidence that President Joe Biden was involved or financially benefited from it.

“Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal was smoked out after scrutiny by a federal judge,” Comer said in a release after the verdict.

Hunter Biden’s original plea deal fell apart in a dramatic exchange with a federal judge last year. District Judge Maryellen Noreika said she had “concerns” about the parties seemingly linking a tax plea agreement to resolving a felony gun charge. The judge, a Trump appointee unanimously confirmed by the Senate, declared that she wasn’t ready to accept the plea deal, and the president’s son then entered a not guilty plea.

Hunter Biden has alsopleaded not guiltyto tax evasion, filing false tax returns and failing to file his taxes on time, and his second case is scheduled to occur in September.

HouseWaysand Means Chair Jason Smith credited two whistleblowers with the Internal Revenue Service who came forward last summer for bringing Hunter Biden’s guilty verdict to fruition.

IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who both worked on Biden’s criminal case, claimed that the Department of Justice mishandled the case against the president’s son and deviated from standard investigative procedure. Republicans have used the testimony from the whistleblowers to make broader accusations about the politicization of the DOJ.

But Attorney General Merrick Garland and Weiss haverepeatedly insisted that Weiss alwayshad the powers he needed to bring charges, even as a US attorney, and that Weiss’ appointment of special counsel was not tied to the accusations from the IRS whistleblowers.

Speaker Johnson argues Hunter Biden's conviction doesn't undercut GOP claims of two-tiered system of justice

From CNN's Manu Raju, Sam Fossum and Melanie Zanona

House Speaker Mike Johnson told CNN that Hunter Biden’s conviction on federal gun charges doesn’t undercut the GOP narrative that there’s a two-tiered justice system designed to hurt Republicans.

Johnson also said he believed the guilty verdict was “appropriate.”

The speaker took a victory lap later on Tuesday, arguing that the House GOP’s investigative efforts helped pave the way for the verdict.

Last year, a House Republican-led committee heard testimony from a pair of IRS whistleblowers — who both worked on Biden’s criminal case — claiming that the Department of Justice mishandled the case against the president’s son and gave him preferential treatment, which the DOJ has strongly denied. After the plea deal between Hunter Biden and the DOJ fell apart, a special counsel was named to oversee the case, and it ultimately went to trial.

“Because whistleblowers spoke out and House Republicans sounded the alarm, Hunter was brought to court. Today he was found guilty of all charges,” Johnson wrote onsocial media.

Read Johnson’s full post:

This post has been updated with Johnson’s latest social media post.

President Biden will head to Delaware after speaking at gun safety event

From CNN's Michael Williams

President Joe Biden will depart for Wilmington, Delaware, just hours after a jury there convicted his son on firearms-related charges Tuesday.

Biden was not originally scheduled to travel to Wilmington on Tuesday, but the White House updated his schedule after Hunter Biden’s conviction.

The president will head to Delaware after delivering remarks at an Everytown for Gun Safety event scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.

Special counsel thanks US attorney general for independence to pursue investigations

From CNN's Elise Hammond
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (8)

Department of Justice Special Counsel David Weiss, center, accompanied by by federal prosecutors Derek Hines, right, and Leo Wise speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Special counsel David Weiss thanked Attorney General Merrick Garland as well as the prosecution team that worked on the gun case against Hunter Biden.

Weiss, speaking at a news conference on Tuesday after a jury in Delaware convicted the president’s son on three charges, said it was a “difficult assignment.”

The special counsel did not take any questions, citing “additional trials and investigative work to be done.”

Hunter Biden also faces charges in a separate tax case set to go to trial in California in September.That indictment, also brought by Weiss, accuses Hunter Biden of repeatedly failing to file and pay his taxes on time and of engaging in a tax-evasionscheme by filing false tax returns and cooking the books on his company’s payroll.

This post has been updated with additional information about Hunter Biden’s tax charges.

"No one in this country is above the law," special counsel says

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Special counsel David Weiss said that no one is above the law, including Hunter Biden, after the president’s son was convicted on three federal gun charges Tuesday.

“No one in this country is above the law. Everyone must be accountable for their actions, even this defendant,” Weiss told reporters Tuesday.

He added, “However, Hunter Biden should be no more accountable than any other citizen convicted of this same conduct. The prosecution has been and will continue to be committed to this principle.”

Special counsel David Weiss thanks the jury

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Special counsel David Weiss thanked the jury for their service after jurors convicted Hunter Biden on three federal gun charge Tuesday.

Special counsel: This case wasn't "just about addiction" but about "illegal choices" Hunter Biden made

From CNN's Elise Hammond
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (9)

Special Counsel David Weiss makes a statement at the US Attorneys office in Delaware following the Hunter Biden guilty verdict.

Special counsel David Weiss said this case was “not just about addiction” but about the “illegal choices” Hunter Biden made while he was using drugs.

“Ultimately this case was not just about addiction, a disease that haunts families across the United States, including Hunter Biden’s family. This case was about the illegal choices the defendant made while in the throes of addiction,” Weiss said.

It comes after Hunter Biden was convicted on three federal gun charges by a jury Tuesday.

Remember: The charges stemmed from a revolverHunter Biden bought in October 2018 at a Delaware gun shop. The first two counts were for lying about his drug use on a federal background check form, and the third count was for possessing a gun while addicted to, or using, illegal drugs.

This post has been updated with additional comments from Weiss.

NOW: Special counsel David Weiss is speaking to the press following Hunter Biden verdict

Special counsel David Weiss and his team of prosecutors are holding a news conference.

Our reporters will bring you the latest updates as we get them, but if you want to watch Weiss speak live, click the play button in the video at the top of this page.

Juror to CNN: "I really don't think Hunter belongs in jail"

From CNN's Elise Hammond

One juror who found Hunter Biden guilty of three federal gun charges on Tuesday told CNN that he does not believe the president’s son should serve jail time.

Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender.

Before dismissing the parties, the judge told them sentencing is usually set for 120 days following a verdict, which means it is likely to happen before Election Day.

The juror pointed to the fact that Hunter Biden did not want the gun back after Hallie Biden took it out of his truck and threw it in the garbage near a grocery store.

“When he said he did not want that gun back and that gun sat in evidence for almost five years, I think that’s what may have been what led to his downfall. If he had taken possession of that gun, I don’t know if we would have even had a trial,” the juror said.

The juror said it didn’t make a difference for him that Hunter Biden did not take the stand in his own defense. In fact, he said he agrees that was “better off not testifying.”

“I didn’t think it would be a good idea for him to testify in his own defense,” the juror said.

He also added that inside the deliberation room, politics did not come up.

This post was updated with additional comments from Juror 10.

Analysis: Hunter Biden could appeal on a larger constitutional question about guns and illegal drugs

From CNN's Elise Hammond
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (10)

Hunter Biden, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, left, and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, right, walks out of federal court after hearing the verdict, Tuesday, June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hunter Biden could have grounds for appeal on a larger constitutional question, a CNN legal commentator said, pointing to the case regarding regulations around guns and drugs that was struck down by a federal appeals court last year.

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Auguststruck downa decades-old law barring users of illegal drugs from possessing firearms — another blow to US gun regulations after the Supreme Courtcleared the wayfor courts to reexamine the nation’s gun laws under a new legal standard.

“Because you have that decision in the 5th Circuit — of course, this being in a different circuit, could go all the way to the Supreme Court to validate this specific statute,” Tim Parlatore, a CNN commentator and former attorney for Donald Trump said.

The 5th Circuit case, United States v. Daniels, involves Patrick Daniels who was arrested in April 2022 after law enforcement officers searched his car during a stop and found marijuana butts and two loaded firearms. In its ruling, the three-judge panel said the 1968 law is unconstitutional, citing a landmark2022 Supreme Court decisionthat changes the framework that lower courts must use when analyzing gun restrictions.

Parlatore said if Hunter Biden appeals, it’s likely that various groups with interests in seeing this law rolled back will submit amicus curiae briefs. These are submitted to the court by individuals or organizations that are not a direct party in the case but want to contribute more information.

There was one holdout when the jury started its deliberation on Tuesday morning, juror tells CNN

From CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz and Elise Hammond

When the jurors first started their deliberations Monday afternoon, the first thing they did was take a vote, according to one male juror who spoke to CNN.

The jury was split — six in favor of convicting Hunter Biden on federal gun charges, six who initially wanted to render a not guilty verdict, according to the juror.

When the jury came back Tuesday morning, the next vote was 11-1, with 11 people saying they thought the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, the juror said to CNN’s Hannah Rabinowitz.

The other jurors were then able to focus on the one holdout to get to a unanimous verdict, that juror said. Over the next few hours, the jury discussed the elements of each crime, the man said, and the last person agreed that they should return a guilty verdict.

The juror would not reveal anything about his politics but did express support for the Bidens in terms of addiction.

Three jurors who spoke to CNN after they reached a guilty verdict said that they believed they had no choice but to find Hunter Biden guilty — but said that they question whether the criminal case ever should have been brought against the president’s son.

The case “seemed like a waste of taxpayer dollars,” one female juror told CNN.

Another male juror said that the process was “a little but frustrating because it felt like we couldn’t get the full story.”

This post has been updated with comments from more jurors.

Hunter Biden says he is "disappointed" by the guilty verdict but "grateful" for his family's love

From CNN's Antoinette Radford and Paula Reid

Hunter Biden has publicly responded to the guilty verdict against him today, saying he is “more grateful for the love and support” of his family than he is “disappointed by the outcome.”

Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, also said in a statement that they were “naturally disappointed” by the verdict but would continue to “vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter.”

“Through all he has been through in his recovery, including this trial, Hunter has felt grateful for and blessed by the love and support of his family,” Lowell said.

See the moment the guilty verdict was read in court

From Bill Hennessy

Cameras were not allowed in the federal courtroom where Hunter Biden’s gun trial was underway, but sketch artists inside the room captured the moment when the guilty verdict was read.

Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (11)

Hunter Biden places his hand on the shoulder of his attorney Abbe Lowell as the verdict is read during his trial in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 11, 2024.

Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (12)

Hunter Biden sits in court on Tuesday, June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Special counsel Weiss and prosecutors will hold news conference at 1 p.m. ET

From CNN’s Holmes Lybrand, Evan Perez and Kit Maher

Special counsel David Weiss and his team of prosecutors are expected to hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET.

Our reporters will bring you the latest updates on that news conference once it is underway.

Biden balances foreign commitments with painful family moments

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

A day after one of the most painful moments for his family – the conviction of his son on felony gun charges –President Joe Biden is expected to leave for a three-day trip to Italy for the G7 summit.

The fluke of scheduling speaks to the balance Biden has been forced to strike throughout his son’s legal proceedings. As the trial was underway last week, Biden was in France commemorating D-Day.

Aides said the president was keeping track of the trial from overseas, and remained in touch with his son and first lady Jill Biden, who had returned to Delaware to attend the trial for one day.

Before and after that trip, Biden spent a sizable amount of time with Hunter in Delaware. He returned from France directly to the family home in Wilmington.

Biden had not been previously scheduled to return to Delaware to see his son before leaving for Italy. But with a guilty verdict now in, it remained an open question of whether that plan could change.

In statement after his son's conviction, Biden says "I am the President, but I am also a Dad"

From CNN's Betsy Klein and MJ Lee
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (13)

President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden talk with guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 1, 2024 in Washington, DC.

In his first statement since his son Hunter Biden’s conviction on federal gun charges, President Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to reiterate his role of a father seeking to support his son through his struggles.

In the brief statement, the president underscored his pride in his son for overcoming his battle with addiction.

He added, “As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

Biden has previously affirmed he will not pardon his son.

Analysis: Hunter Biden will likely file appeal but faces cost constraints due to civil lawsuits

From CNN's Michelle Shen

Following Hunter Biden’s conviction on all three counts, his lawyers are likely preparing a set of appeals, according to CNN chief legal affairs correspondent Paula Reid.

Morris, along with his other lawyer Abbe Lowell, have been pursuing an aggressive, forward-leaning strategy with Hunter Biden’s legal defense, but the president’s son may be facing ballooning legal costs.

“It’s not just these criminal trials that he’s facing. He and his lawyers are pursuing this very aggressive litigious campaign against his detractors. They have a lot of civil lawsuits that are costing them money,” Reid said.

Hunter Biden hugged family and legal team after the guilty verdict was read

From CNN’s Holmes Lybrand, Marshall Cohen and Hannah Rabinowitz
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (14)

Hunter Biden, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, walks out of federal court after hearing the verdict on Tuesday, June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hunter Biden gave kisses and hugs to family members and friends in the courtroom, almost like a receiving line, as he exited.

His friend and financial backer Kevin Morris walked out with his arms crossed. Some of the supporters looked stunned.

In the moments after the verdict, after court ended, Hunter Biden turned around to his legal team and flashed a brief smile, perhaps stunned by the outcome, before hugging all of his attorneys and patting them on the back.

Valerie Biden – Joe Biden’s sister – entered the courtroom a few minutes after the verdict was read.

First lady Jill Biden entered the room where Hunter Biden and his attorneys were huddled about seven minutes after the verdict was read. She stared immediately ahead and did not move her glare away.

Leaving the courthouse following the verdict, Hunter Biden shuffled his family members into an elevator as he held hands with his wife. He smiled briefly and left.

Trump campaign responds to Hunter Biden conviction

From CNN's Kristen Holmes

The Trump campaign targeted President Joe Biden in a statement as it responded to Hunter Biden’s conviction.

The Trump campaign then sent an updated statement, striking the well wishes to Hunter.

Fact Check:There is no evidence Joe Biden has received large sums of money from China or has otherwise gained wealth as a result of his son’s business dealings abroad.

Hunter Biden expected to issue a written statement after the jury found him guilty

From CNN’s Paula Reid

Hunter Biden is expected to issue a written statement after the jury found him guilty, according to a source familiar with the matter.

He was seen leaving the Delaware court with his stepmother Jill Biden and his wife following the verdict.

He did not speak to reporters and was seen getting into a vehicle.

Hunter Biden huddled with lawyers in court as first lady entered after guilty verdict

From CNN's Antoinette Radford
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (15)

First lady Jill Biden arrives to federal court on hearing there is a verdict on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Despite being a constant throughout the trial, first lady Dr Jill Biden missed the guilty verdict handed down to her stepson, Hunter Biden.

However, when she entered the court, CNN chief legal affairs correspondent Paul Reid said that Hunter Biden and his attorneys were huddled together, trying to work out their next steps.

Hunter Biden is not expected to speak, but will issue a written statement about the verdict.

Here's what President Biden has previously said about his son's criminal case

From CNN's Michael Williams and Betsy Klein
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (16)

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House on May 31, in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday did not immediately offer a reaction to his son Hunter Biden’s conviction on firearms charges, but in a statement last week, the president sought to reiterate how his personal role as a father is separated from his duty as president.

“I am the President, but I am also a Dad,” Biden said in the statement.

He continued, “Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. Hunter’s resilience in the face of adversity and the strength he has brought to his recovery are inspiring to us. A lot of families have loved ones who have overcome addiction and know what we mean.”

“As a Dad, I have boundless love for my son, confidence in him, and respect for his strength. Our family has been through a lot together, and Jill and I are going to continue to be there for Hunter and our family with our love and support.”

Biden said in an interview last week he would not pardon his son if Hunter Biden were to be convicted.

Judge said sentencing is usually set for 120 days after verdict

From CNN's Marshall Cohen and Holmes Lybrandin the courthouse

Before dismissing the parties, the judge told them sentencing is usually set for 120 days following a verdict, which would mean sentencing is in mid-October before Election Day.

Prosecutors declined to comment following the verdict.

President Biden scheduled to deliver remarks on gun reform hours after his son was convicted in gun case

From CNN's Michael Williams

The timing of Hunter Biden’s conviction on firearms charges Tuesday morning offers a somewhat awkward juxtaposition with his father’s schedule; President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on gun control in Washington, DC, later Tuesday.

Biden is scheduled to speak at Everytown for Gun SafetyAction Fund’s “GunSenseUniversity,” on Tuesday afternoon. The president is expected to discuss gun-reform legislation that passed nearly two years ago in the wake of massacres in New York and Texas. It was the most substantial federal gun legislation to pass in a quarter-century.

While Biden has largely avoided discussing his Hunter Biden’s criminal case — though he did say in an interview last week that he would respect the jury’s decision, and would not pardon his son — the verdict is sure to be at the top of his mind on Tuesday.

The president is known to be passionately defensive of his family and sensitive to outside criticism of his son’s troubled history.

Court adjourns in Hunter Biden trial after jury returns guilty verdict

From CNN's Marshall Cohen and Holmes Lybrandin the courthouse

Court has adjourned for the day after the jury found Hunter Biden guilty on all three counts. The jury deliberated for just under three hours.

First lady Jill Biden arrived at the courthouse shortly after the verdict was read.

Analysis: Hunter Biden will likely not be sentenced to the full 25 years since he is a first-time offender

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Although Hunter Biden now faces up to 25 years in prison, since he is a first-time offender, he likely will not be sentenced to the full term, CNN chief legal correspondent Paula Reid said.

“We don’t expect that he will be detained pending sentencing. It’s unclear how long it’ll take for him to get a sentencing date that will likely be set today,” Reid said.

JUST IN: Hunter Biden convicted on all 3 charges at federal gun trial

From CNN's Marshall Cohen and Holmes Lybrandin the courthouse
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (17)

Hunter Biden departs from federal court on Tuesday.

A federal jury has convicted Hunter Biden on all three federal felony gun charges he faced, concluding that he violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts from owning firearms.

The conviction marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president.

Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender.

Hunter Biden has arrived back at courthouse

From CNN's Marshall Cohen and Holmes Lybrandin the courthouse

Hunter Biden has arrived back at the Wilmington, Delaware, courthouse.

A verdict in his federal gun trial is expected to be read soon.

James and Valerie Biden have arrived, too.

JUST IN: A verdict has been reached in the Hunter Biden trial

From CNN staff

The jury has reached a verdict in the Hunter Biden gun trial.

See a courtroom sketch from Hunter Biden's trial

From Bill Hennessy

No cameras are allowed inside the Delaware courtroom where Hunter Biden’s trial is underway, but sketch artist Bill Hennessy captured the scene before the jury resumed deliberations.

Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (18)

Hunter Biden, second from left, watches as members of the jury leave the courtroom to deliberate in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 11.

These are the 3 charges Hunter Biden faces in the gun trial

From CNN’s Marshall Cohen
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (19)

Hunter Biden arrives at the federal court on the opening day of his trial on criminal gun charges in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 3.

A panel of 12 Delaware citizens is deliberating in the thefederal gun trial against Hunter Biden.

This is the first time in American history that the child of the sitting president is going on trial. The indictment was brought by the Justice Department, specifically by David Weiss, the special counsel appointed last year to oversee the Hunter Biden probes.

Hunter Biden, 54, is accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while abusing or being addicted to drugs, a violation of federal law. He pleaded not guilty to the three charges, though he has been open abouthis struggleswith alcohol and crack cocaine addiction.

The first two charges in thethree-count indictmentare tied to the gun purchase itself.

When a person buys a gun, they must fill out a form with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and affirm that they are legally allowed to buy the weapon. Hunter Biden has been charged with lying on those forms.

These questions include: Have you been convicted of a felony? Are you a fugitive? Are you in the country unlawfully? And, importantly for this case, are you an “unlawful user of, or addicted to” illegal drugs? Hunter Biden allegedlychecked the boxthat said, “No.”

Count 3 relates to the possession of the gun. It’s also against federal law to possess a gun if you are abusing drugs. Hunter Biden had the gun for 11 days in October 2018, before his girlfriend threw it in a dumpster because she was worried about his mental health, according to the indictment and texts made public in recent court filings.

If convicted on all three counts, the president’s son could face up to 25 years in prison.

What we know about the Hunter Biden jury

From CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Holmes Lybrand and Hannah Rabinowitz in the courthouse

The jury has resumed their deliberations in Hunter Biden’s trial. It is made up of six women and six men — seven of those jurors are Black and five of the jurors are White.

Earlier in the trial, the original juror number 3 was dismissed. Alternate juror number 1 has taken their place and is the new juror number 3.

Here’s a bit about them:

  • Juror #1 is a woman who said she has a sister who is a recovering drug addict who served time in Delaware state prison for convictions on drug offenses and credit card fraud. She said her sister is “currently clean.” She also said typically watches the CBS Evening News.
  • Juror #2 is a woman who is now retired after working for 24 years for the United States Secret Service for 24 years in Washington, DC, handling contract negotiations. Her husband also worked for the Secret Service’s uniformed division and served in the White House, US Capitol and “foreign missions.” She said he currently owns a personal handgun.
  • Juror #3 (formerly alternate juror 1) is a woman. She said she heard about the case but was not following it. Her brother, she said, was a police officer in Delaware and is now serving in the Delaware state legislature.
  • Juror #4is a woman who, when asked about her views on drugs and gun ownership, said people who smoke marijuana should be allowed to own firearms, saying that “weed, to me, isn’t as bad as the drugs like heroin, for example.” She said her father and brother own guns.
  • Juror #5 is a man who said the Civil Rights movement showed how US law enforcement has had failures when it comes to treating African Americans fairly under the law. He said he got a DUI two years ago and had to go to Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Juror #6 is an older black man who said he has a license to conceal carry a firearm. He owns three pistols and said, “I believe the Second Amendment is very important, and I stand with it, and I think every law-abiding citizen that follows the law should be able to have their Second Amendment.“
  • Juror #7 was asked very little by the judge and attorneys in the case but said his dad owned guns.
  • Juror #8, said his father had been killed during a crime and that his brother was previously arrested on possession of drug charges.
  • Juror #9, a woman, told the judge that she owns a firearm, adding that she had learned about the existence of the case on TV.
  • Juror #10 learned about the case from his brother during a graduation last weekend. When he told his brother he had received a jury summons, his brother responded “You know who’s on trial?HunterBiden,” according to the juror. Another brother, as well as his father who are now both deceased, struggled with alcohol addiction. He said, “I know they both had diseases.”
  • Juror #11 said her best friend from childhood died from a heroin overdose. She also said, “my family hunts, they have hunting rifles and things like that,” but that she does not personally own a gun.
  • Juror #12, who wasn’t asked many questions, said he has an older brother who is addicted to PCP and heroin and was “admitted to rehab many times.”

Biden expected to tout efforts to prevent gun violence in remarks Tuesday as jury deliberates his son's fate

From CNN's Samantha Waldenberg

President Joe Biden is expected to tout his administration’s efforts to prevent gun violence, specifically highlighting the impact of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act during remarks in Washington on Tuesday. That comes as the president’s reelection campaign is seeking to make gun violence a key issue in the 2024 election.

The president’s speech will take place two weeks before the anniversary of the signing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, comprehensive gun safety legislation that received Democratic and Republican support in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022.

Biden’s address also comes as his son Hunter awaits the outcome of his gun trial.

The president is expected to announce in his remarks Tuesday that the Justice Department has charged more than 500 defendants“for violating the new gun trafficking and straw purchasing provisions created by” the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

The Biden campaign is also seeking to draw a contrast between the president and his 2024 rival former President Donald Trump on this issue – arguing that Trump will side with the “gun lobby over our safety every single time.”

“Fighting for a safer America — an America that does its part to save more lives from gun violence — is on the ballot this November,” Munoz added. “President Biden’s record of delivering commonsense gun reform is vastly popular with the American people and the voters this campaign needs to win in November.”

CNN’s Arlette Saenz contributed reporting to this post.

Hunter Biden left the courthouse as jury continues to deliberate

From CNN’s Kit Maher
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (20)

Hunter Biden leaves the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on June 11, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Moments after he entered, Hunter Biden walked out of the courthouse with his wife Melissa Cohen Biden.

He had a smile on his face and they were holding hands. The motorcade departed the courthouse.

What both sides said to the jury before the panel started deliberations

From CNN staff

Both sides gave their final thoughts to jurors in closing arguments in the gun trial against Hunter Biden before they started deliberations on Monday.

Hunter Biden faces three charges stemming from a 2018 gun purchase. While buying the revolver, Biden is accused of lying on a federal form, swearing that he was not using, and was not addicted to, any illegal drugs – even though prosecutors say he was struggling with crack cocaine addiction at the time of the purchase.

Here’s a recap of what both sides said in their final appeal to jurors:

Prosecution:

  • Prosecutor Leo Wise argued that Hunter Biden “knew he used crack” around the time he bought the gun. He said that the evidence brought up in the trialwas “necessary”to show that “the defendant knew he used crack and was addicted to crack at the relevant time period.” He added that the prosecution does not need to prove that Hunter Biden used drugson a specific dayto prove their case.
  • The issue of Hunter Biden knowing he was addicted to drugs at the time of the gun purchase is one of the most difficult elements of the alleged crimes that prosecutors need to prove to win a conviction. “Maybe if he had never gone to rehab … he could argue he didn’t know he was an addict,” Wise argued.
  • Wise said that Hunter Bidenmessaged with drug dealersin the days around when he bought the gun and said the defendant“habitually” used illegal drugs. He also summarized the testimony of three former partners of Hunter Biden’s who testified to hisrampant drug useacross several years.
  • In referenceto count three, unlawful possession of a firearm by the user of a controlled substance, Wise said there is no evidence thatanyone other than Hunter Bidenpossessed the gun.

Defense:

  • Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued the bar for prosecutors to prove Hunter Biden was knowingly violating the law was extremely high. When he marked on the federal form thathe wasn’t an addict, Hunter Biden was not saying “what he believed to be false.”He pointed out that the question ofdrug use and addictionon the form wasin the present tenseand the gun seller who testified didn’t think Hunter Biden was on drugs when he bought the gun.
  • The defense also argued that the government has not adequately proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hunter Biden wasactively using at the timeof the purchase. No one, Lowell said, had witnessed “actual drug use” in the month Hunter Biden bought the firearm, adding the prosecution’s case is based on“suspicion” and “conjecture.”
  • Lowell noted that his sister-in-law-turned-girlfriendHallie Bidencouldn’t recall detailsaround the time she found the gun and the attorney said Hunter Biden’s ex-girlfriend, Zoe Kestan,met with prosecutorsbefore the trial. Lowell suggested the pouch with cocaine residue found with the gun could have originated from Hallie Biden.
  • Speaking to Hunter Biden’s state of mind, Lowell pointed out that after Hunter Biden learned that Hallie Biden tossed the gun in a trash can at a grocery store,he told her to call the police. “A person who is … using drugs, can’t operate, is a ‘danger to public safety,’” Lowell said quoting prosecutors, is the “very same person” who told Hallie Biden to file a police report.

Hunter Biden's gun trial has put his family's intimate struggles on display

From CNN's Arit John
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (21)

Hunter Biden's former wife, Kathleen Buhle departs the federal courthouse after taking the stand in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 5.

As President Joe Biden engages in the fight of his political life in a campaign focused on democracy and the rule of law,the most intimate details of his family’songoing personal tragedies have been publicly dissected in a courtroom over the last week.

Hunter Biden’s struggles with addiction after the death ofhis brotherBeau Biden have been the focus of hours of testimony during his trial for federal criminal charges, putting some of theBiden family’s most personal problems on full display. The president’s son has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts connected to a gun he purchased in October 2018.

For decades, the president has navigated the sometimes-competing demands of his political career and being a father, particularly when it comes to Hunter Biden.Part of the president’s enduring brand has been his ability to relate to the personal tragedies of others because of what his family has suffered, including the death of his first wife and daughter in a 1972 car crash that severely injured Beau and Hunter, and Beau’s 2015 death from brain cancer.

The most emotional parts of the trial involved the testimony from those closest to Hunter Biden, including his daughter Naomi, his ex-girlfriend and his brother’s widow Hallie Biden and his ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle.

Though the questions they faced were aimed at determining whether Hunter was using drugs in 2018, the effect Hunter’s drug use had on their own lives was inescapable.

“I am the President, but I am also a Dad,” Biden said in a statement at the start of the trial. “Our family has been through a lot together, and Jill and I are going to continue to be there for Hunter and our family with our love and support.”

Last week, the presidentruled out pardoninghis son.

Jury resumes deliberations in Hunter Biden trial

From CNN’s Holmes Lybrand and Hannah Rabinowitz in the courthouse

The jury is continuing deliberations in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial after the judge asked several questions on whether they had read or heard anything about the case outside of court.

Hunter Biden arrives at court as jury prepares to resume deliberations

From CNN’s Kit Maher

Hunter Biden arrived at court Tuesday morning, where jury deliberations will resume and he will await the outcome of his trial on federal gun charges.

He arrived alongside his wife Melissa Cohen Biden.

A regular heckler with an anti-Biden family sign was present and yelled out as Hunter Biden walked in the doors.

The jury heard from 13 witnesses during the trial. Here's who was called to the stand

From CNN staff

The jury will resume deliberations Tuesday in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial in Wilmington, Delaware.

While buying a revolver in Delaware in 2018, prosecutors accuse Biden of lying on a federal form, swearing that he was not using, and was not addicted to, any illegal drugs — even though he was struggling with crack cocaine addiction at the time of the purchase.

Thirteen witnesses testified in the trial. Hunter Biden decided not to testify.

Here’s who was on the stand during the trial:

FBI special agent Erika Jensen (she testified at the beginning of the trial and was called again to the stand by the prosecution during their rebuttal argument) Kathleen Buhle, Hunter Biden’s ex-wifeZoe Kestan, Hunter Biden’s former girlfriendGordon Cleveland, a gun store employee who sold Hunter Biden the firearm at the center of the caseHallie Biden, the widow of Hunter Biden’s late brother, Beau, and Hunter Biden’s former girlfriendJoshua Marley, a Delaware police officerMillard Greer, a former Delaware state trooperEdward Banner, the 80-year-old man who found Hunter Biden’s gun in a trash can outside a grocery storeJason Brewer, an FBI forensic chemistJoshua Romig, a DEA special agent Jason Turner, a gun store employee Ronald Palimere, the gun store’s ownerNaomi Biden, Hunter Biden’s daughter

The jury will resume deliberations in the gun case against Hunter Biden. Here are some takeaways from Monday

From CNN's Marshall CohenandHolmes Lybrand
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (22)

Hunter Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell, second from right, speaks to Judge Maryellen Noreika during court on Monday, June 10, in Wilmington, Delaware.

The jury in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trialwill resume deliberations Tuesday after the defendant declined to testify in his own defense and both sides presented closing arguments Monday in the historic case against the president’s son.

If convicted, Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000, though first-time offenders like him rarely receive the maximum penalty. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Here are some takeaways from the sixth day of the historic trial:

  • “No one is above the law,” prosecutors say: In the first seconds of prosecutor Leo Wise’s closing arguments, he referenced members of the Biden family who have been in the courtroom, often includingfirst lady Jill Biden. “The people sitting in the gallery are not evidence,” Wise said. As he continued, he returned to a theme that his colleague raised in opening statements: “No one is above the law.” Jurors, he said, shouldn’t treat this case differently “because of who the defendant is.”
  • Evidence was “overwhelming,” prosecutors say: Wise went on to explain to the jury why the prosecution went into so many excruciating details about the defendant’s spiral into crack cocaine abuse. “The evidence was personal, it was ugly, and it was overwhelming. It was also absolutely necessary,” Wise said. “There is no other way to prove the use of drugs or addiction to drugs than through the kind of evidence that you saw.” He noted, accurately, that the judge’s instructions don’t require the Justice Department to prove that Biden used drugs on a specific day, but only that he was “actively engaged” in drugs around that time.
  • “It’s time to end this case,” defense says: During his nearly 90-minute closing argument, defense attorney Abbe Lowell forcefully made the case that prosecutors hadn’t met the high burden to prove Biden’s guilt. Lowell repeatedly said that prosecutors showed no direct evidence that Biden was using illegal drugs during October 2018 when he bought the firearm. In order to reach a guilty verdict, prosecutors need to prove that Biden was “conscious and aware” of the law and how he was violating it, Lowell argued.

Read more takeaways from Day 6

Analysis: Joe Biden faces an agonizing wait as a jury deliberates his son’s fate

From CNN's Stephen Collinson
Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (23)

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive onboard Marine One at Chateau-Thierry - Belleau Aerodrome, Chateau-Thierry, France, on June 9.

Another president is waiting for another verdict from another jury.

Less than two weeks afterDonald Trumplearned he had been convicted of 34 criminal counts in his hush money case,Joe Bidenis enduringhis own agonizing vigilas his son Hunter awaits the outcome ofhis gun trial.

Jurors return Tuesday morning to consider evidence against the president’s son, who has pleaded not guilty to three charges related to his buying of a gun in 2018 that prosecutors say violated federal law because he was addicted to crack cocaine. The defense argued there was no direct evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was using the drug when he got the firearm.

The two trials — one in Trump’s old patch of New York and the other in Biden country in Wilmington, Delaware — represent a remarkable departure from traditional presidential campaigns. Never has a former president and presumptive major party nominee been convicted of a crime. Nor has the child of a sitting president faced that possibility in a trial. Trump pleaded not guilty in New York, as he has to three other criminal indictments ahead of delayed trials.

Read more about why the cases differ here.

Ad Feedback

Ad Feedback

Ad Feedback

Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun case | CNN Politics (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Carlyn Walter

Last Updated:

Views: 5678

Rating: 5 / 5 (50 voted)

Reviews: 89% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Carlyn Walter

Birthday: 1996-01-03

Address: Suite 452 40815 Denyse Extensions, Sengermouth, OR 42374

Phone: +8501809515404

Job: Manufacturing Technician

Hobby: Table tennis, Archery, Vacation, Metal detecting, Yo-yoing, Crocheting, Creative writing

Introduction: My name is Carlyn Walter, I am a lively, glamorous, healthy, clean, powerful, calm, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.