Biden Family in Turmoil after Start of Federal Gun Trial

KIEV, UKRAINE - Jan 16, 2017: Vice president of USA Joe Biden during his visit to Kiev and meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko

( – President Joe Biden made a statement on Monday, June 3rd, that emphasized the pressure he feels walking the delicate line between being the President of the United States and a father as his son’s criminal trial begins. He began by saying “I am the President, but I am also a Dad.” He continued to express his love and respect for his son’s strength but did not comment on the pending federal case.

Hunter Biden, the President’s only living son, is facing felony charges for allegedly lying on a federal form when he purchased a gun and ammunition in 2018. A question on the form asks “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to…” and continues to list multiple illegal drugs and controlled substances. Hunter Biden checked “NO” when answering this question, even though he was allegedly addicted to crack cocaine at the time the gun was purchased.

President Biden insists his son was in recovery at the time and did not intentionally lie on the form as he did not consider himself to be an addict. During opening statements on Monday, Abbe Lowell, Hunter’s attorney, corroborated the President’s belief. Lowell also pointed a finger at the clerk from the gun store for accepting a U.S. passport as Hunter’s only form of identification. Lowell then tried to implicate Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter’s brother Beau, for finding the gun and throwing it in a public trash can 11 days after it was purchased, where it was found by a member of the public and surrendered to the police.

The Biden family recently gathered in Delaware to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Beau’s passing. He died from brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46. Hunter’s trial will dredge up very painful and emotional aspects of the Biden family’s personal struggles including Hunter’s addiction and many legal battles, Hunter’s affair with Hallie, and other family scandals.

President Biden has always expressed concern over the spotlight cast on his family by his political career. As President, Joe Biden has the power to pardon his son but has never mentioned taking that course of action.

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