Watch: Biden Makes Decision on Whether He'll Pardon Hunter

Watch: Biden Makes Decision on Whether He'll Pardon Hunter

President Joe Biden reaffirmed on Thursday that he would not pardon his son, Hunter Biden.

“I’m extremely proud of my son Hunter. He has overcome an addiction. He’s one of the brightest, most decent men I know,” Biden expressed in a video clip shared on social media platform X.

“And I am satisfied that I’m not going to do anything − I said I would abide by the jury decision. I will do that. And I will not pardon him,” he continued.

Following his remarks, Biden was asked by a reporter if he would consider commuting his son’s sentence. “No,” the president responded, according to USA Today.

The Washington Post reported that during the president’s speech at the Group of Seven meeting in Italy, Hunter’s daughters, Maisy and Finnegan, were present in the audience.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not address a question about whether the president would commute Hunter Biden’s sentence, as per USA Today.

Earlier this month, before Hunter Biden was convicted on three felony charges for lying on his application to purchase a firearm, the president was asked if he would rule out a pardon for his son. He responded “Yes,” according to NBC.

When asked if he would accept the trial’s outcome, the president again replied “Yes.”

In a post-verdict statement shared on X, President Biden echoed similar sentiments to those expressed on Thursday.

“Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery,” he stated.

“As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal,” the president added.

While theoretically, the charges for which Hunter Biden was convicted could result in a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, the Associated Press noted that under federal guidelines, first-time offenders typically receive lighter sentences.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika is not obligated to follow these guidelines, leaving a wide range of sentencing possibilities. No sentencing date has been set.

Jeffrey Brown, co-chair of Dechert LLP’s enforcement and litigation practice, suggested that prison time is unlikely, according to Politico.

“I think he has a lot of sympathetic factors in his favor that would argue for a non-incarceratory sentence,” Brown said.

“I’d be surprised if there’s a lot of precedent for people going to trial, getting convicted and sentenced to prison for this offense,” he added.

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