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Hunter Biden's lawyers will announce today whether he will testify in gun trial

Hunter Biden's lawyers said Friday they would announce on Monday whether he would testify in his own defense. testing his gun has entered its second week.

Hunter Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Friday that Biden's legal team has “reached its final decision” in the case, meaning whether to call any defendants. The defense has called only three witnesses so far, Including Naomi BidenHunter Biden's eldest daughter, who delivered emotional testimony about her father's drug use on Friday.

Another potential witness is President Biden's brother, James “Jimmy” Biden, who was expected to testify on Friday, but the court adjourned the proceedings earlier than expected. If Hunter Biden testifies, prosecutors have indicated they may call an additional witness.

Hunter Biden has been charged with three felonies connected to the purchase of a revolver in October 2018. Two of the charges relate to allegations that he made false statements on a federal gun form about his drug use, in which he certified that he was not a user of or addicted to any controlled substances during a period when prosecutors allege he was addicted to crack cocaine.

Hunter Biden gun trial continues in Delaware
Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden leave the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on June 07, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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The second charge is for allegedly illegally possessing a gun, with Hallie Biden possessing the weapon for 11 days before finding and discarding it. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors closed their case against President Biden's only surviving son on Friday after testimony from Hunter Biden's ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, his former girlfriend Zoe Kesten and Hallie Biden, the widow of his brother Beau Biden and with whom Hunter Biden was also romantically involved after his brother's death in 2015. The man who allegedly sold Hunter Biden a gun, Gordon Cleveland, also testified.

Halley Biden is considered the most powerful. main prosecution witness, Testimony given last week When she found the weapon she “panicked” and “just wanted to get rid of” the gun and bullets.

“I didn't want him to find the gun and hurt himself or the kids,” she said, adding that she thought about hiding the gun but was “afraid one of my kids would find it.”

Hallie Biden said Hunter introduced her to crack cocaine after her husband's death. “It was a horrible experience that I went through, and I'm ashamed and embarrassed, and I regret that period of my life,” she testified.

The main point of the prosecution's case is whether Hunter Biden knowingly lied about his drug use. “Drugs may not be a choice, but lying and buying a gun is,” prosecutor Derek Hines said in his opening statement.

Hunter Biden gun trial continues in Delaware
Hallie Biden departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building after testifying in the trial of Hunter Biden on June 06, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Cleveland said in testimony that he was not confused about the form when Hunter Biden sold him a firearm in October 2018.

Hallie Biden testified that Hunter Biden was using drugs in October 2018 when he bought the gun, and prosecutors showed texts that said he was “falling asleep in the car smoking crack.” But Naomi Biden testified that her father “seemed great” in late October 2018 and that she found no drug paraphernalia when she borrowed his truck.

While Hunter Biden's history of addiction is well known — he wrote about it in his memoir, “Beautiful Things” — Hunter Biden's attorney Lowell has tried to raise questions about whether he intentionally left information off the disclosure form. In his opening statement, Lowell said many addicts are in “denial” about their drug use, and he also argued that Hunter Biden did not consider himself an addict when he purchased the gun.

Naomi Biden testified that she knew her father “struggled with addiction,” and that “after my uncle (Beau Biden) died, things got worse.” But she said he never used illegal drugs in front of her, and she acknowledged she never saw what her father looked like while taking drugs.

Whereas President Biden Despite not attending the trial, other members of the Biden family have been present. First Lady Jill Biden has been present nearly every day, except for when she was in France with President Biden to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Ashley Biden, Biden's daughter and Hunter Biden's half-sister, has also been present in court, though one day she became emotional and left.


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