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Hunter Biden gun trial jury selection begins, president defends son

Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, arrives at federal court with his wife Melissa Cohen Biden on the opening day of his trial on gun-related criminal charges in Wilmington, Delaware, US, on 3 June 2024.

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President Joe Biden on Monday morning expressed his love and support for his only surviving son, Hunter Biden, who was facing the start of his federal trial on gun-related criminal charges.

“I am the president, but I am also a father,” the elder Biden said in a statement as jury selection began for the trial in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Hunter Biden, 54, faces three counts related to his purchase and possession of a Colt Cobra revolver while addicted to drugs in 2018. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

The trial begins just four days after a New York jury found former Republican President Donald Trump, now the party’s presumptive nominee, guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records.

Both Trump and Hunter Biden claim they were unfairly targeted by the Justice Department for political reasons.

President Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden “love our son and we are so proud of the man he is today.”

The first lady appeared in court Monday to support her stepson, who is the first child of a sitting president to be tried on criminal charges.

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden arrives at federal court on the opening day of the trial of Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, on gun-related criminal charges, in Wilmington, Delaware, United States -United States, June 3, 2024.

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

“As President, I will not comment or comment on current federal matters, but as a father, I have boundless love for my son, confidence in him, and respect for his strength “said Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden faces a second trial in September on federal tax charges.

“Hunter’s resilience in the face of adversity and the strength he brought to his recovery inspire us,” the president said. “Many families have loved ones who have overcome addiction and understand what we mean.”

Hunter Biden’s history of substance abuse is at the heart of the Delaware case.

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“Our family has been through a lot together, and Jill and I are going to continue to be there for Hunter and our family with our love and support,” Biden said.

Trump’s historic conviction came on the same day that Biden, Hunter Biden and the first lady all gathered to honor the president’s late son, Beau Biden, on the ninth anniversary of his 2015 death from cancer of the brain, at only 46 years old.

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