Updated Jun 11, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Biden on Hunter conviction: "I will accept the outcome of this case"

Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen Biden enter the court room. They are outside and walking through metal fences.

Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden return to court at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on June 11 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden said in a statement Tuesday that he would accept the outcome of his son Hunter's trial and conviction.

Why it matters: Biden is seeking re-election as his son possibly faces prison time after being found guilty on all charges in his federal gun trial.

  • Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison with the three charges, although as a first-time offender it's unlikely he will receive the maximum sentence.

Driving the news: "I will accept the outcome of this case," Biden said on Tuesday after news of the jury verdict was announced.

  • The president said he'd "continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. "

Between the lines: Biden has said that he would not issue a pardon for his son if he was convicted.

What they're saying: "I am the president, but I am also a dad," Biden said. "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."

The latest: The president will visit Wilmington, Delaware, the White House said hours after the conviction.

The other side: Former President Trump's campaign linked Hunter's conviction to Biden's presidency in a Tuesday statement.

  • The presumptive GOP presidential candidate, who was convicted last month on 34 felony counts, largely avoided commenting publicly on President Biden's son's legal trouble during the trial.
  • Karoline Leavitt, a Trump campaign spokesperson, said the trial has been a "distraction" from what she alleged were "the real crimes" and accused President Biden's family.

Catch up quick: Hunter was found guilty of illegally purchasing and possessing a firearm in October 2018 while using a narcotic.

  • Prosecutors argued that he lied on a federal gun purchase form about using drugs.
  • It was the first trial of a sitting president's son.
  • Testimony and evidence included intimate details about the Biden family.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Trump campaign and details about the trial and President Biden's schedule.

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