Prominent Republicans Downplay Hunter Biden Guilty Verdict

( – Prominent Republicans have dismissed the guilty verdict of Hunter Biden’s gun trial, arguing that it’s a distraction from the scope of the Biden family’s alleged crimes. The president’s son was found guilty of all three counts in the gun trial. The prosecution claimed that he lied on a gun application form about his addiction status when he was still a habitual user of crack cocaine. Hunter could face up to 25 years in jail.

Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, a vocal conservative, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that the conviction was “kinda dumb.” Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, called the trial a “fake trial” to suggest that the justice system is balanced while ignoring the “true crimes” of the Bidens.

The commentator’s response suggested that the Democrats saw the need for a guilty verdict against the Bidens to counter former President Donald Trump’s claim that his hush-money criminal trial in Manhattan was “rigged.” Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts relating to falsifying business records to cover up payments to the adult film star Stormy Daniels.

President Joe Biden kept a distance from his son’s criminal trial and did not attend the courtroom where several other Biden family members were present. Unlike his convicted rival in the 2024 presidential election, Biden stated that he would accept the guilty verdict in his son’s trial. Biden accused Trump of trying to undermine the country’s legal system by claiming to be a victim of political persecution in his multiple legal battles.

Hunter Biden faces a separate indictment relating to allegations of tax evasion. What particularly concerns many Republicans about the Biden family as a whole is alleged ties to corruption and influence-peddling abroad. Conservatives have failed to establish any concrete links between the president and his son’s business dealings. Still, Hunter’s business contact, Patrick Ho, was jailed in 2019 for three years for bribing African leaders in Chad and Uganda.

The Trump Campaign reportedly revised its statement following the verdict in Hunter’s gun trial and removed a message that wished Hunter well in the original draft. The campaign’s press secretary Karoline Leavitt called the case a distraction from the alleged crimes of the “Biden Crime Family.” Leavitt claimed that the family had amassed tens of millions of dollars from China, Ukraine, and Russia.

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