Watch Live: Special counsel David Weiss makes statement on Hunter Biden verdict

Washington — Special counsel David Weiss is expected to comment Tuesday afternoon on the guilty verdict in Hunter Biden’s gun trial

Earlier Tuesday, after just a few hours of deliberations, a jury found the president’s son guilty of all three felony counts stemming from his purchase and possession of a gun while he was addicted to crack cocaine. 

Weiss brought charges against Hunter Biden in September after a proposed plea deal fell apart. Prosecutors said the president’s son lied about his drug use on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form when he bought a revolver, speed loader and ammunition at a Delaware gun store on Oct. 12, 2018. 

Hunter Biden possessed the gun for 11 days before his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden, with whom he was in a relationship, found it in his truck and discarded it in a trash can outside a grocery store. 

When she went back to retrieve it, the gun was gone. Delaware police later recovered the gun from an elderly man who had been looking for recyclables in the trash can. 

In 2023, Weiss charged Hunter Biden with making a false statement on the application by saying he was not a drug user and lying to a licensed gun dealer. His possession of the gun as he was battling an addiction to illegal drugs was also a violation of federal law. 

“I am more grateful today for the love and support I experienced this last week from Melissa, my family, my friends, and my community than I am disappointed by the outcome,” Hunter Biden said in a statement after the verdict. “Recovery is possible by the grace of God, and I am blessed to experience that gift one day at a time.”

The case is the first time the child of a sitting president has been convicted of crime. 

President Biden said in a statement that he “will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal.” 

“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 president said. “Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.” 

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