In a recent turn of events, Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, pleaded not guilty to an illegal gun possession charge.
This development has significant implications, especially with his father preparing for reelection next year.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that the charges against Hunter Biden, and the potential impact on his father’s political standing.
Hunter Biden’s Not Guilty Plea
On Tuesday, October 3, 53-year-old Hunter Biden appeared in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, his family’s hometown.
He entered a not guilty plea to three felony charges related to his purchase of a .38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver in 2018.
At the time of the purchase, Hunter admitted that he was heavily addicted to drugs and struggling to maintain control of his life.
Hunter Biden faces two counts of making false statements for falsely claiming on the gun purchase forms that he was not using illegal drugs at the time.
Additionally, he faces a third charge of illegal gun possession, based on the same false statements.
Interestingly, he possessed the firearm for just 11 days in October 2018 before disposing of it.
A Broader Legal Landscape
It’s worth noting that this isn’t Hunter Biden’s only legal trouble.
He is also facing accusations of corrupt business practices in China and Ukraine, a matter that could potentially distract from his father’s political standing as Joe Biden seeks a second term in 2024.
Republicans have initiated an impeachment inquiry in Congress, alleging a Biden family criminal conspiracy.
Joe Biden’s Supportive Stance
Despite these challenges, President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed his support for his son.
He has stood by Hunter and commended his efforts to overcome drug addiction.
This unwavering support from the President demonstrates the strong familial bond between them.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, requested that he be allowed to appear via video due to his California residence.
However, this request was denied by Judge Christopher Burke, who stated that the defendant should not receive special treatment in this matter.
If convicted, Hunter Biden could face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
However, in practice, such offenses, when unaccompanied by other charges, often result in minimal jail time.
Hunter Biden’s legal battle has garnered significant attention, given his family’s prominent position in American politics.
As the case unfolds, it will be closely monitored for its potential impact on Joe Biden’s reelection campaign and the broader political landscape.