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The US president says he will not pardon son Hunter if he is convicted of weapons charges at trial

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Washington, DC: US President Joe Biden has said he would not pardon his son, Hunter Biden, if he is found guilty of criminal federal gun charges, CNN reported.

In response to a question in an interview with ABC’s David Muir about whether the US president would rule out pardoning Hunter Biden, the president said: “Yes.”

He also confirmed that he would accept the outcome of the trial, which is currently underway in Delaware, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, the courtroom proceedings have been scrutinized into a painful moment for the Biden family as Hunter struggled with drug addiction following the death of his brother Beau.
First Lady Jill Biden attended the trial before traveling to France to attend D-Day commemoration activities with her husband.

The White House previously said Biden would not pardon his son, CNN reports.
“I have been very clear: the president will not pardon his son,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in December.

Notably, the president’s son is accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while abusing or addicted to drugs, which is a violation of federal law.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the three charges, although he has been open about his struggles with alcohol and crack cocaine addiction.

Special Counsel David Weiss filed these charges, CNN reported.

For the first time in American history, the child of a sitting president is on trial.

Biden has previously expressed support for his son and said he is proud of his recovery from addiction.

“I am the president, but I am also a father. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” the president said in a statement as the trial got underway.

“Hunter’s resilience in the face of adversity and the strength he has contributed to his recovery are inspiring to us. Many families have loved ones who have overcome addiction and know what we mean,” he continued.

“As president, I do not comment on pending federal cases, but as a father, I have boundless love for my son, confidence in him and respect for his strength. Our family has been through a lot together and Jill and I will continue to be there for Hunter and our family with our love and support,” US President Biden added.