White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has stated that Democrat President Joe Biden has no intention of pardoning or commuting any potential convictions of his son Hunter Biden.
This statement comes in the wake of Special Counsel David Weiss filing federal charges against Hunter Biden earlier this week. These charges are linked to a firearm-related incident in 2018 and involve three counts related to false statements made on a federal firearm purchase application.
The indictment revolves around an incident in October 2018 when Hunter declared his sobriety to acquire a handgun, despite later admitting in his memoir that he was addicted to crack cocaine during that period.
“Would the president pardon or commute his son if he’s convicted?” a reporter asked.
“So, I’ve answered this question before, it was asked of me not too long ago, a couple of weeks ago,” Jean-Pierre responded, expressing clear resentment for the question.
“And I was very clear, and I said, ‘no.’”
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Two of the counts mentioned carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, as reported by NBC News, while the third charge carries a maximum sentence of five years.
These severe potential sentences stand in stark contrast to the previous favorable plea deal that was dismantled in federal court by a judge. The earlier agreement would have spared Hunter from serving time in jail and instead enrolled him in a diversion program. Successful completion of the program would have resulted in the expungement of the firearm charges from his record.
Notably, the plea deal also contained a discreet clause that would have granted Hunter Biden complete immunity from any future charges.
The indictment says:
Hunter, “knowing that he was an unlawful user of and addicted to any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance … did knowingly possess a firearm, that is, a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver.”
Earlier this month, Special Counsel David Weiss indicated his intention to pursue charges against Hunter Biden, specifically related to false statements made on a federal firearm registration form and unlawful possession of a firearm. This was conveyed in a notice addressed to Judge Maryellen Noreika in Delaware.
Notably, Weiss’s notice did not mention any other charges connected to Hunter’s international business activities or tax matters, which are currently under investigation by House Republicans for potential corruption. It’s worth mentioning that Hunter’s previous plea deal with Weiss also included two misdemeanor tax charges.