White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared President Joe Biden would neither commute the sentence of, or pardon, his son if he is convicted.
“Would the president pardon or commute his son if he’s convicted?” a reporter asked her during a Friday press briefing at the White House.
Jean-Pierre replied she answered that same question before.
“It was asked of me not too long ago, a couple of weeks ago,” she claimed. “And I was very clear, and I said no.”
Hunter Biden faces firearm-related charges filed by Special Counsel David Weiss from an incident dating back to Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president in the Obama administration.
A Delaware grand jury Thursday issued an indictment on three charges related to Hunter Biden’s purchase of a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver with the serial number RA 551363, according to court documents.
The indictment accuses the president’s son Hunter of three crimes connected to false statements he made on a federal application he completed in October 2018 in order to purchase a firearm, The Daily Wire reported.
Hunter Biden claimed he was not using drugs while attempting to purchase a handgun. Contradicting this, he revealed in his memoir that he was battling an addiction to crack cocaine during that period.
Two of the counts against the presiden’t son each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; and, the third carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
The potential for a lengthy prison stay if convicted of the charges he has now been indicted for contrasts with a plea deal that was previously discussed but later dismissed in federal court.
Had the plea deal been accepted, Hunter would have been placed in a diversion program, which upon successful completion, would have expunged the gun-related charges from his record.
Delaware District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika threw a monkey wrench in the sweetheart plea deal offered to Hunter Biden.
She objected to portions that included immunity from future prosecutions and others that tasked her with monitoring his compliance with certain aspects of the deal. She sent both parties back to the drawing board.
Negotiations between Hunter Biden’s lawyers and prosecutors became deadlocked, which prompted Weiss to seek indictments against the president’s son.