Biden vows no pardon for convicted felon son Hunter, but hasn't ruled out possible commutation of sentence

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 June 13, 2024

First son Hunter Biden was convicted this week on a trio of federal felony gun charges that carry a possible maximum sentence of a quarter-century in prison and a massive fine.

President Joe Biden has stated that he won't use his powers of executive clemency to grant a pardon for his criminally convicted son -- though he has not explicitly ruled out the possibility of commuting Hunter's eventual sentence, Breitbart reported.

The Democratic president also seemed to suggest that his convicted felon son was the victim of a politicized and weaponized Justice Department, apparently forgetting that it is his DOJ run by his allies and appointees who tried but failed to absolve Hunter of any major legal issues with a "sweetheart" plea deal last year that crumbled under scrutiny.

Biden "consumed" with son's legal trouble, suggests prosecution was for political reasons

Politico reported this week that President Biden, along with his campaign team and White House, had been closely watching Hunter Biden's criminal trial in Delaware on three felony gun charges that ended with a disappointing but not entirely unexpected guilty verdict on Tuesday.

The president ironically delivered a scheduled speech on gun control after the verdict was announced, albeit without any mention of his son's violations, then made an unscheduled stop in Delaware to briefly meet with his felonious son before traveling to Italy for a G7 summit.

Per multiple unnamed sources, Biden had been "consumed for weeks" before and during Hunter's trial, received constant updates on the proceedings during his trip last week to France for the D-Day commemoration and a formal state visit, and seemed to blame himself and his status as the president for his son's legal troubles.

The president reportedly told a close confidant earlier this month, "If I weren’t running for reelection, he would have gotten the plea deal."

Biden's DOJ tried hard to avoid prosecuting Hunter

That comment would seem to suggest that President Biden believes his son Hunter was targeted for prosecution by his own DOJ for political reasons, which is a patently absurd supposition, given the broader context and facts of what has occurred.

House Republicans have revealed, thanks to IRS whistleblowers, that the DOJ purposefully slow-walked and interfered in the years-long federal investigation of Hunter to allow the statute of limitations to expire on his worst alleged crimes.

As for the plea deal mentioned by the president, it was a decidedly favorable arrangement for Hunter put forward by DOJ prosecutors that would have him plead guilty to and receive probation for a pair of minor tax misdemeanors while also deferring prosecution on the felony gun charges and offering him broad immunity against future prosecution for any other alleged criminal acts.

The only reason that plea deal fell apart last year, according to an Associated Press report at the time, is because the federal judge who was expected to rubber stamp it instead decided to ask probing questions about the unusual agreement -- not because his father was seeking re-election.

Biden says no pardon for Hunter -- but is mum on a possible commutation of sentence

The Hill reported on Wednesday that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about President Biden's vow to not issue a pardon for his convicted son Hunter and whether that promise extended to not commuting his eventual sentence, but in typical fashion she dodged the question and delivered a non-answer couched with repetitive prepared talking points.

"I haven’t spoken to the president about this since the verdict came out and as we all know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet," Jean-Pierre said. "He was asked about a pardon, he was asked about the trial specifically and he answered it very clearly, very forthright. As we know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet. I don’t have anything beyond what the president said. He’s been very clear about this."

Hunter Biden faces the possible maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine at his eventual sentencing hearing, likely in the fall months ahead of the election, for lying about his illicit drug use to illegally purchase a handgun in 2018, though he is unlikely to receive such a harsh sentence given his status as a first-time offender.

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