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First son Hunter Biden found guilty of all counts in historic criminal trial

WILMINGTON, Del.First son Hunter Biden was found guilty on all charges in his historic criminal case focused on his purchase of a firearm in 2018. 

Hunter Biden faced a trial this month that lasted more than a week and included emotional testimony from members of his family, including daughter Naomi Biden, ex-wife Kathleen Buhle and sister-in-law turned girlfriend, Hallie Biden. 

Prosecutors worked to prove that Hunter Biden lied on a federal firearm form, known as ATF Form 4473, in October 2018 when he ticked a box labeled “No” when asked if he is an unlawful user of a firearm or addicted to controlled substances. Hunter Biden purchased the gun from a store called StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply in Wilmington.

Hunter Biden faced charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

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He pleaded not guilty in the case.

After the verdict was read, Hunter Biden was seen smiling in the courtroom. He did not show signs of emotion, but hugged his attorney Abbe Lowell and other members of his defense team. Hunter Biden kissed his wife and walked out of the courtroom. 

His uncle, James Biden, appeared to look angry or upset. 

Special Counsel David Weiss, who brought the charges against the first son, was not sitting in the courtroom when the verdict was read. 

First Lady Jill Biden also was not in the courtroom for the verdict. 

Hunter Biden has a well-documented history of drug abuse, which was most notably documented in his 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” which walks readers through his previous need to smoke crack cocaine every 20 minutes, how his addiction was so prolific that he referred to himself as a “crack daddy” to drug dealers, and anecdotes revolving around drug deals, such as a Washington, D.C., crack dealer Biden nicknamed “Bicycles.”

His defense team, led by attorney Abbe Lowell, did not dispute Hunter Biden’s long history with substance abuse, which also includes an addiction to alcohol, instead arguing that on the day Hunter Biden purchased the Cobra Colt .38, he did not consider himself an active drug addict, citing the first son’s sting in rehab ahead of the October 2018 purchase. 

Prosecutors, however, argued that Hunter Biden’s addiction to crack cocaine occurred both before, during and after the purchase of the handgun. Just one day after the gun purchase, prosecutors showed the court, Hunter Biden texted Hallie Biden that he was “waiting for a dealer named Mookie.” A day after that text, he texted that he was “sleeping on a car smoking crack on 4th Street and Rodney” in Wilmington

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The verdict marks an end to the whirlwind and at times emotional trial. Last week, Hunter Biden’s defense team called his daughter, Naomi Biden, to the witness stand, with the first son appearing to dab his eyes when his daughter first walked into the courtroom. 

The first granddaughter, who told the court she was “nervous” amid the testimony, told the court that she was aware of her father’s addiction to drugs but said she had never witnessed him use drugs, namely crack cocaine. 

Naomi Biden walked the court through a California trip she took in August 2018 to visit her father amid his stint at a rehab facility. She said she met with Hunter Biden, his sober coach, alongside her then-boyfriend and eventual husband, Peter Neal, for lunch at a coffee shop, noting she was proud of her father for his work on getting sober. 

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The trial also included testimony from Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow, who began a romantic relationship with her brother-in-law, Hunter Biden, in 2015. Hallie Biden, who testified under immunity, walked the jury through the rise and fall of their relationship, including when she first discovered crack at her home and had to google what the substance was because she had never seen it before. Biden first introduced her to crack, which she also smoked before becoming sober in August 2018, she told the court. 

“It was a terrible experience I went through, and I was embarrassed and ashamed. … I regret that period of my life,” Hallie Biden told the court on Thursday about her use of crack cocaine. 

The widowed mother of two was joined in court by her husband, John Hopkins Anning, whom she married the weekend prior to testifying. 

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Biden’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, also delivered short testimony toward the start of the trial. She told the court that she first discovered her then-husband’s crack cocaine addiction in 2015, when she found a crack pipe on the side porch of their home in Washington, D.C. The couple was married for more than 20 years — divorcing in 2017 — and share three adult daughters. 

The first son was joined in court by family, friends and Biden family allies each day in court, most notably by his stepmother, first lady Jill Biden, as well as Biden’s sister Ashley Biden and President Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden. Hunter Biden was also joined by his second wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, to whom he was drawn to like a magnet when court broke for lunch or other pauses, often taking her hand as they left court. 

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Jill Biden skipped one day of the trial to fly to Normandy, France, to join President Biden for events commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day and also notably missed her former daughter-in-law Kathleen Buhle’s testimony earlier in the week. 

Biden was attentive and engaged throughout his trial, taking notes, examining evidence presented in court, and surveying jurors throughout the day, most notably when they walked in and out of court for breaks. 

The trial focused on Biden’s Oct. 12, 2018 purchase of the firearm at StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply, when prosecutors argued that Biden lied on the federal form that he was not using or addicted to drugs. The firearm remained in his possession for 11 days before Hallie Biden discovered it in the console of his Ford pickup truck and threw it away in a public trashcan outside a grocery market in Wilmington. Hallie Biden testified that she regretted tossing the firearm and did so when she was in a “panicked” state and worried that Biden would use the firearm to hurt himself or others. 

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In addition to family members, the court heard from the man who found the gun in the trash can, as well as experts from the FBI and DEA who testified on bank statements showing Biden withdrawing thousands of dollars in cash, how trace amounts of cocaine were discovered on a pouch containing the gun when Hallie Biden tossed it away, the meaning behind drug slang, and even how crack cocaine is cooked. 

Amid the trial, the jury also heard extensive testimony from Biden’s ex-girlfriend, Zoe Kestan, who met the president’s son at a gentleman’s club in New York City when she was just three years out of college, and he was 48 years old. 

“He would want to smoke the second he woke up,” Kestan testified last Wednesday. 

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Kestan, who also testified under immunity, described Hunter Biden as “charming and charismatic” when they first met in 2017 after he booked a private room at the strip club for 30 minutes. Noting that after they sparked a relationship, she didn’t notice a drastic change in his behavior when he smoked crack cocaine. 

“I didn’t notice it. Sometimes I think that’s because I was catching feelings for him,” she told the court. 

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Kestan said their whirlwind relationship was a “distraction” for Biden, as he allegedly smoked less when they were hidden away, sometimes for days at a time, in ritzy hotel rooms such as New York City’s Four Seasons or in a bungalow at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont. 

Accompanying Kestan’s testimony were photos depicting crack pipes in hotel rooms often sitting next to bottles of liquor or beer, a photo of a bare-chested Hunter Biden in a bubble bath with Kestan and a screenshot of a FaceTime video showing Biden’s back tattoo that resembled claw marks. The jurors were told amid Kestan’s remarks that Biden learned how to cook crack cocaine, and they were shown a photo of baking soda in one hotel room used to cook cocaine into crack. 

Witness testimony at times became tense, including when a former gun shop employee, Jason Turner, took the stand. Turner was working the day Hunter Biden purchased the gun and ran his background check. He delivered blunt answers to the defense team on Friday, appearing annoyed and defensive as Lowell peppered him with questions regarding the sequence of events surrounding when Hunter Biden picked out the firearm on Oct. 12. 

“You’re not understanding how gun shop life is,” Turner told Lowell at one point, referring to how people who frequent gun shops often spend time talking sports or just visiting with employees. 

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Lowell and Turner often spoke over each other, with presiding Judge Maryellen Noreika jumping in to tell Turner to let Lowell finish his questions before answering. Noreika joked that, otherwise, the court’s stenographer gets “mad” at her for the inability to record both parties’ comments. 

“Be mad at me,” Turner quipped to the court stenographer, eliciting a few chuckles in court. 

“He’s been mad at me the whole trial,” Lowell lightheartedly said in response. 

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The case marks the first in the nation’s history that a sitting president’s child was put on trial. 

President Biden, last week, said he would not pardon his son if convicted. 

President Biden answers whether he would pardon Hunter in gun crime case

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Flashback: Biden said he will not pardon Hunter if convicted

President Biden last week ruled out pardoning his son Hunter if he is convicted on charges in the ongoing felony gun trial. 

In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir in Normandy, France, Biden was asked whether he would accept the results of the federal trial underway in Delaware, which he replied “yes.”

And when asked whether he would rule out pardoning Hunter if convicted, Biden also answered “yes.”

Hunter was found guilty on Tuesday of three counts of federal gun crimes, related to a gun registration document in which he said he was not taking any illegal drugs when he purchased a firearm in 2018.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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Biden says he is ‘proud’ of his son after guilty verdict in federal gun crime trial

President Biden said he is “proud” of this son, moments after Hunter was convicted by a jury of three counts related to his purchase of a firearm in 2018.

“As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” Biden said in a statement.

“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. As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal,” he 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,” he added.

Biden was found guilty of charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

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Comer says Hunter verdict is a ‘step toward’ accountability

Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer
says that the Hunter Biden verdict is a “step toward” accountability — moments after Biden was found guilty on three counts.

“Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal was smoked out after scrutiny by a federal judge,” he said in a statement.

“Today’s verdict is a step toward accountability but until the Department of Justice investigates everyone involved in the Bidens’ corrupt influence peddling schemes that generated over $18 million in foreign payments to the Biden family, it will be clear department officials continue to cover for the Big Guy, Joe Biden.”

Hunter Biden was found guilty of charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

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Judge yet to set sentencing date after guilty verdict in Hunter Biden trial

Judge Noreika indicated she would set a date for a sentencing hearing at a later time after the Delaware jury found the president’s son guilty on all charges on Tuesday.

Hunter Biden was found guilty of charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

Hunter faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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Hunter Biden shows little emotion after guilty verdict

Hunter Biden showed very little emotions following his guilty verdict in court Tuesday. Biden was seen smiling after the verdict and did not have any tears or visible signs of emotion.

James Biden, Hunter’s uncle, appeared angry after hearing the verdict.

Hunter Biden appeared motionless, looking ahead with wide eyes as the guilty verdict was read. After the counts were read, Biden turned and hugged a member of his legal team before standing up and flashing the smile at Abbe Lowell.

Biden then kissed his wife Melissa and they left the courtroom.

Some of Biden’s supporters were not able to make it back into the courtroom once news of a verdict had spread, with a long security line forming at the time some were trying to regain access to the courthouse.

Fox News’ Sally Gibson contributed to this update

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Hunter Biden found guilty of all counts in gun trial

First son Hunter Biden was found guilty on all charges in his historic criminal case focused on his purchase of a firearm in 2018.

Hunter Biden faced a trial this month that lasted more than a week and included emotional testimony from members of his family, including daughter Naomi Biden, ex-wife Kathleen Buhle and sister-in-law turned girlfriend, Hallie Biden.

Prosecutors worked to prove that Hunter Biden lied on a federal firearm form, known as ATF Form 4473, in October 2018 when he ticked a box labeled “No” when asked if he is an unlawful user of a firearm or addicted to controlled substances. Hunter Biden purchased the gun from a store called StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply in Wilmington.

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Hunter Biden found guilty on all counts in gun trialA verdict has been reached in the historic criminal trial of first son Hunter Biden, who was accused of lying about his drug use on a federal gun form in 2018.

Hunter Biden faced charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

He pleaded not guilty in the case.

Hunter Biden has a well-documented history of drug abuse, which was most notably documented in his 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” which walks readers through his previous need to smoke crack cocaine every 20 minutes, how his addiction was so prolific that he referred to himself as a “crack daddy” to drug dealers, and anecdotes revolving around drug deals, such as a Washington, D.C., crack dealer Biden nicknamed “Bicycles.”

His defense team, led by attorney Abbe Lowell, did not dispute Hunter Biden’s long history with substance abuse, which also includes an addiction to alcohol, instead arguing that on the day Hunter Biden purchased the Cobra Colt .38, he did not consider himself an active drug addict, citing the first son’s sting in rehab ahead of the October 2018 purchase.

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Verdict reached in Hunter Biden’s federal gun crime trial

A verdict has been reached in the federal gun crime trial against the president’s son, Hunter Biden.

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President Biden touts actions to ‘curb gun violence’ as his son awaits verdict in gun trial

President Biden’s presidential campaign touted his work on curbing gun violence as his son, Hunter Biden, awaits his verdict in his gun trial.

“President Biden has taken decisive action to curb gun violence, including by passing the first bipartisan gun safety legislation in nearly three decades, and is running to do even more to save lives,” the Biden campaign said in a memo Tuesday.

The memo comes as the president is slated to speak at the Everytown for Gun Safety Summit Tuesday afternoon, the same day as jury deliberations continue in Hunter Biden’s trial.

“Gun violence is an issue that requires real leaders who aren’t afraid to stand up to the gun lobby. President Biden and Vice President Harris get that,” the campaign memo read. “Trump will choose special interests and the gun lobby over our safety every single time.”

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Hunter Biden departs courtroom as jury deliberates

Hunter Biden departed the courtroom just after 9:20 A.M. Tuesday.

Biden will have to be back in court if there is a verdict, but will not have to return to the court if there are any notes from the jury.

When the jury comes back with a verdict, there will be 15-30 minutes until court resumes session, about the amount of time it would take Biden to return.

Fox News’ Sally Persons contributed to this update

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Jury back in deliberations on day 7 of Hunter Biden’s federal gun crime trial

Judge Noreika brought the jury back into court just after 9:00 a.m. and asked them if they had talked to anyone, been influenced by anyone, done any research on the case or read or seen anything about it on social media. All the jurors said no and shook their heads.

She then told them to go back and continue their deliberations and said the court is now in recess, pending any contact from the jury.

Hunter Biden and his wife were seated in the front row in the courtroom.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this update.

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Hunter Biden arrives to Delaware court for day 7 of federal gun crime trial

Hunter Biden arrived to the Delaware courtroom for the seventh day of his federal gun crime trial Tuesday.

As with previous days, Hunter entered the court alongside his wife, Melissa Cohen.

Biden is facing charges of making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally-licensed gun dealer and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

The total maximum prison time for the three charges could be up to 25 years. Each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. 

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Hunter Biden to learn his fate in courthouse named after Joe Biden’s former senate opponent

Hunter Biden will learn his fate, possibly today, inside the J. Caleb Boggs Courthouse in Wilmington, DE.

Caleb Boggs was a Republican senator from Delaware. Boggs, 63, a former two-term governor and the state’s senior senator, lost his seat in 1972 to then 29-year-old Joe Biden who would turn 30 just a few days after the election. Part of Biden’s campaign strategy was attacking his opponent’s age.

A local newspaper reported Biden saying of Boggs, “Caleb doesn’t want to run, he’s lost that old twinkle in his eye he used to have.” Biden became the 7th youngest senator in U.S. history.

One month after the election, Biden’s wife Nelia and 1-year-old daughter Naomi were tragically killed in a car accident. Hunter and Beau were in the car. 

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President Biden weighed in on whether or not he would pardon his son

President Biden has ruled out pardoning his son Hunter if he is convicted on charges in the ongoing felony gun trial. 

In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir in Normandy, France, Biden was asked whether he would accept the results of the federal trial underway in Delaware, which he replied “yes.”

And when asked whether he would rule out pardoning Hunter if convicted, Biden also answered “yes.”

Hunter was charged with three counts of federal gun crimes, related to a gun registration document in which he said he was not taking any illegal drugs when he purchased a firearm in 2018.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if he is convicted on all three counts against him.

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What were Trump’s remarks on the Hunter Biden trial?

Former President Donald J. Trump has been remarkably quiet in regards to the trial of Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.

“I had a brother who suffered tremendously from alcoholism and alcohol,” Trump said on Sean Hannity, referring to his brother Fred Trump Jr, who died from alcoholism. “And it was a terrible thing to watch. He was an incredible guy with the best personality. He was the best-looking person you have ever seen. Everything was perfect. But he had an addiction.”

When asked about the trial, Trump said “Look, I feel very badly for them in terms of the addiction part of what they have right now.”

This stands in stark contrast to the 2020 election cycle where Hunter was a frequent target for Trump’s attacks, often citing the “laptop from hell” and regularly asking “Where is Hunter?” 


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What does James Clapper have to do with Hunter Biden’s trial?

James Clapper is the former director of National Intelligence under former President Barack Obama.

Clapper signed the heavily scrutinized letter along with 50 additional former intelligence officials  just weeks before the 2020 presidential election, claiming Hunter Biden’s
laptop had “all the earmarks” of a Russian effort to influence the vote.

The laptop was brought into federal court this week in Delaware during the first son’s criminal trial on charges brought against him by Special Counsel David Weiss.

When asked if he regretted signing the letter in 2020, after the Justice Department formally acknowledged the laptop’s legitimacy, Clapper replied: “No.”

Clapper also refused to publicly remove his name from the letter despite evidence proving the device and its contents were legitimate and would not concede he and the other former intelligence officials who signed on should have waited longer to weigh in.

The laptop, filled with videos and photos of drug use, sex acts and sensitive business communications, was shown to the jury last week during the trial in an effort to prove the president’s son lied about using drugs on a gun purchase form. 

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty.

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Here are five takeaways from the Hunter Biden trial so far

  1. Special Counsel David Weiss brought Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop to federal court as part of the first son’s federal gun trial, marking the first time the Justice Department has formally acknowledged and confirmed its existence and legitimacy after years of critics claiming it was Russian disinformation. 
  2. Hunter Biden’s daughter, Naomi Biden, took the stand and delivered an emotional testimony about her father’s drug use after the death of her uncle–his brother–Beau Biden. 
  3. Hunter’s ex-romantic partners, including Beau Biden’s widow, testified to his past drug addiction. 
  4. First Lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden’s step-mother, has attended several days of his trial. 
  5. President Biden has vowed not to pardon his son if he is convicted on federal gun charges. 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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US v Hunter Biden trial enters day 7 with continued jury deliberations: ‘Choices have consequences’

A federal court waits with bated breath for a verdict in the historical U.S. v. Hunter Biden criminal case after jury deliberations kicked off Monday afternoon. 

“Choices have consequences and that’s why we’re here,” prosecutor Derek Hines told the court Monday afternoon. 

Hunter Biden’s sixth day
of trial, which is related to his gun purchase in 2018, kicked off with a brief rebuttal case from prosecutors before both the prosecution and the defense teams hashed out jury instructions with presiding Judge Maryellen Noreika, held closing arguments and finally jury deliberations.

The first son is facing three charges related to his Oct. 12, 2018, purchase of a Cobra Colt .38 handgun, including making a false statement in the purchase of a gun, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a gun by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

Hunter Biden, who has a well-established history with drug and alcohol abuse, is specifically accused of lying on a federal gun form, called Form 4473, where he checked a box labeled “No” when asked if he is an unlawful user of drugs or addicted to controlled substances.

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Hunter faces trial on federal tax charges next after being found guilty on gun crimes

Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial is complete, but the first son faces more criminal charges in California, with a trial set to begin in September

Hunter Biden was found guilty on all counts in Delaware after Special Counsel David Weiss charged him with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a licensed firearm dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. A date has not yet been set for sentencing for those charges.

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With all counts combined, the total maximum prison time for the charges could be up to 25 years. Each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. 

President Biden has vowed not to pardon his son. 

But Hunter Biden is set to return to court later this summer — this time, in California. 

That trial also stems from Weiss’ years-long investigation into the first son. 

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He charged Hunter Biden with three felonies and six misdemeanors concerning $1.4 million in owed taxes that have since been paid. Weiss alleged a “four-year scheme” when the president’s son did not pay his federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 while also filing false tax reports. 

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The trial was initially scheduled to begin on June 20, but United States District Court for the Central District of California Judge Mark Scarsi, who is presiding over the case, granted Hunter Biden’s request to delay the trial. 

Hunter Biden’s tax trial is now set to begin on Sept. 5 with jury selection.

Democratic Party to reimburse WH for Jill Biden’s international flights for Hunter’s trial

The Democratic Party is planning to reimburse for the first lady’s extensive transatlantic travel to attend her son’s trial — but the majority of costs will likely fall on taxpayers.

First Lady Jill Biden has been traveling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean as she tends to official duties in France while also appearing at the trial of her son, Hunter Biden.

“In accordance with relevant regulations utilized across administrations, the government is reimbursed the value of a first-class fare for these flights to Wilmington and back to Paris,” the first lady’s office reportedly told DailyMail.com in a statement.

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The Democratic National Committee will provide the funds to reimburse for the first lady’s flights, the Daily Mail reported. 

Reimbursement rates for travel aboard White House planes are determined by Pentagon cost estimates.

Jill Biden spent nearly 24 hours flying between France and Delaware last week, appearing at D-Day events in Normandy before attending courtroom proceedings for Hunter Biden.

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Hunter Biden is accused in his federal trial of lying about his drug addiction on a form he filled out to get a gun and illegally possessing a gun. He has pleaded not guilty.

The modified Boeing 747s that serve as the iconic Air Force One cost about $200,000 per hour to fly and Air Force Two, often used by first ladies, can cost tens of thousands of dollars per hour. 

The Democratic Party has asserted it will reimburse the White House for Jill Biden’s travel to and from the trial, but the costs of staffing and security will likely fall to the taxpayers.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the White House press office for comment but did not receive a response.

Biden appears to completely freeze as VP and others dance next to him at Juneteenth event

President Biden appeared to freeze during a Juneteenth celebration at the White House on Monday.

Biden, 81, was filmed standing still as stone while those around him, including Vice President Kamala Harris, clapped and danced to a concert featuring gospel singer Kirk Franklin. 

Video shows Biden staring blankly and not moving an inch for about 30 seconds before Philonise Floyd — the brother of George Floyd, whose murder triggered nationwide riots in 2020 — noticed the president and put his arm around him. Biden then smiles as Floyd leans in to say something, and they bump fists after exchanging a few words.

Republicans, who have sought to make the president’s advanced age an issue in the 2024 election, were quick to deride the president. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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“Why isn’t Biden moving?” the Republican National Committee’s rapid response account questioned on X. 

“Lights are on but no one’s home,” former President Trump’s campaign posted.

“Who said Biden’s got no rhythm?” quipped Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. 

The incident echoed two occasions last year when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. froze in front of reporters at the Capitol and at an event in Covington, Kentucky. McConnell, who was 81 at the time, later announced he would step down from leadership after the election and would not seek re-election when his current term expires in 2027.

Critics say Biden is declining in his old age and can’t handle the responsibilities of the presidency. Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing instances in which the president has demonstrated a lack of clarity in private meetings with staff and members of Congress.

But the White House and Cabinet members have vigorously pushed back against these claims, and defended the president’s mental acuity and ability to perform on the job.

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“Congressional Republicans, foreign leaders and nonpartisan national-security experts have made clear in their own words that President Biden is a savvy and effective leader who has a deep record of legislative accomplishment,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said. “Now, in 2024, House Republicans are making false claims as a political tactic that flatly contradict previous statements made by themselves and their colleagues.”

Earlier this year, a report from Biden’s own Department of Justice’s special counsel called him an “elderly man with a poor memory” at the end of an investigation into his mishandling of classified documents dating back to his Senate tenure, which ultimately saved him from having charges brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Biden has been prone to gaffes going back to when he was vice president, but the frequency and nature of his verbal missteps in recent years appear to be more significant. 

In May, Biden seemed to have a break with reality when he confused the timing of the COVID pandemic by a factor of years when he said, “And when I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic, and, what happened was Barack said to me: ‘Go to Detroit — and help fix it.’” The pandemic happened years after Biden’s time as vice president.

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The president has, on several occasions, referenced dead people as being alive. In 2022, at a White House event, Biden called out former Rep. Jackie Walorski during a speech, “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Walorski had died in a car crash the previous month.

At a campaign rally in February, Biden told the audience, “Right after I was elected, I went to a G7 meeting in southern England. And I sat down and said, ‘America is back!’ and Mitterand from Germany — I mean France — looked at me and said, ‘How long you back for?'” Mitterand was president from 1981 to 1995 and died in 1996.

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In 2021, Biden claimed he had spoken with the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who had died in 2017, while recalling past conversations during fundraising events.  

At 81, Biden is the oldest man to serve as president in U.S. history. If he is re-elected in November, he will be 86 when his second term ends. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former President Trump, is just four years younger at 77. 

ABC host says it’s ‘simple’ question that should be asked in Trump-Biden debate

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos advised CNN that former President Trump should be confronted with whether he believes in the results of the 2020 election during the first upcoming presidential debate. 

When asked by CNN host Abby Phillip on Monday night what the “most important question” for both candidates should be in the June 27 debate moderated by the network, Stephanopoulos responded that it should be “very simple.”

“Who won the last election?” he said. “Let’s discuss and debate.” 

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Stephanopoulos said that he has made it a “point” that if he is speaking with a candidate or a politician who won’t accept that the 2020 election was completely legitimate, then he will not “go on to other issues.” 

“I’m not going to participate in some kind of a sham where you somehow equate the legitimacy of an election or the peaceful transfer of power with a debate over tax cuts or environmental regulation,” he explained. “If you can’t pass that fundamental threshold of saying, ‘yes the last election was not stolen,’ two, ’I will abide by the results of the next election,’ then I think that’s all voters and viewers need to know.”

“If you’re willing to lie about something as big as that, why should anything else they want to talk about be given any credence?” Stephanopoulos said. “That’s an absolutely fundamental issue that people should be confronted with when they make their choice in November.”

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The debate between Trump and President Biden will be a “real test” as both candidates will be speaking “in front of 140 million people,” Stephanopoulos said, adding that Biden also has questions to answer from voters.

“Certainly, the Biden campaign is going to have to address voters’ concerns about the economy, voters’ concerns about inflation, those are important as well, but it is fundamental… the very question of whether or not you accept election results, whether you accept the peaceful transfer of power,” he said. 

Stephanopoulos warned that Trump should be taken seriously for campaign promises that he has made about his second term. 

The ABC host, who worked as a top aide to President Bill Clinton, has taken to offering stern, on-air editorials about the election’s stakes in recent editions of the Sunday show “This Week.” In April, he warned against treating the election like a “normal” campaign, and last week he said the Trump guilty verdict in his New York trial presented voters with a stark choice about whether they wanted to be led by a convicted felon.

CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will moderate the upcoming debate, the first of two this year agreed to by the presumptive nominees.

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During a recent interview, Stephanopoulos claimed it is irresponsible for media outlets to air live television interviews with Trump, calling it “journalistic malpractice.”

Biden campaign spokesperson James Singer told Fox News Digital in a statement that he agreed with Stephanopoulos’ challenge to Trump.

“Yes,” Singer wrote. “We believe Donald Trump should accept that he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden by over 7 million votes.”

The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Comedian delivers swift takedown of liberals during UC Berkeley show

Comedian Bill Burr called out the hypocrisy of liberals during a show on UC Berkeley’s campus over the weekend, reportedly telling the audience that he “f—ing hate[s]” them.

Burr, never one to shy away from controversial topics, covered everything from his relationship with his wife and the ongoing Israel-Gaza war, to transgender rights and Biden’s cognitive decline, before wading into his issues with liberals, the San Francisco Gate reported.

“I f—ing hate liberals,” Burr reportedly told the audience on Saturday. The outlet said it was clear he was referring specifically to “White liberals,” and that he took issue with their hypocrisy, not necessarily their political ideology.

He proceeded to call out people who put “Black Lives Matter” signs in their windows without taking any quantifiable actions.

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“That’s like if I told you my great-grandmother in Germany had a ‘Knock it off, Nazis’ sign,” he said, according to the outlet.

The comic continued, “If you run into a White person who says they’re an empath, run the other way.” Burr said such people “like making other peoples’ suffering about [themselves].”

At a different point in the show, Burr seemed surprised at how the Berkeley crowd laughed at a joke about President Biden having dementia, SF Gate reported.

This isn’t the first time Burr took the opportunity to air his frustration with liberals in public. He told Jimmy Kimmel in an interview last year that anti-Trump “idiot liberals” were making a martyr out of former President Trump by charging him with crimes.

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“Liberals are so f—ing stupid, the way that they handle Trump,” he said at the time. “You should shut up! He’s a narcissist. Neutral energy. Neutral.”

Burr, who predicted Trump and Biden would be nominated by their respective parties, said he hoped they’d both “die of natural causes” so that “maybe you could get somebody that still has something to live for.”

In September, Burr remarked on his show Monday Morning Podcast, “I really don’t like liberals. Liberals like to announce, ‘These are my gays. It’s like, are these your friends? Do you know anything about them?”

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Burr agreed that liberals like to use certain groups as “props.”

“Gay Pride Month is more about straight people to show how many gay friends they have than about gay people,” he said in September 2023.

Burr did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Nancy Pelosi makes bombshell admission about National Guard in unearthed Jan. 6 clip

A previously unreleased video taken on Jan. 6, 2021 shows then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., saying she takes “responsibility” for law enforcement’s lack of preparedness when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol that day.

A tweet on X by a House Republican panel contains video that appears to show a frustrated Pelosi being evacuated from the Capitol complex and in intense conversation with Chief of Staff Terri McCullough about how the evacuation was conducted.

“We have responsibility, Terri. We did not have any accountability for what was going on there. And we should have,” Pelosi says in the video, which was reviewed in its original form by Fox News Digital. “This is ridiculous. You’re going to ask me in the middle of the thing when they’ve already breached…that, should we call the Capitol Police? I mean the National Guard? Why weren’t the National Guard there to begin with?”

Her aide appeared to reply that Capitol security did believe they were prepared, to which Pelosi continued, “They clearly didn’t know, and I take responsibility for not having them just prepared for more.”

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Pelosi then appears to take a shot at former President Trump’s supporters, who ransacked part of the Capitol including her office. 

“It’s stupid that we should be in a situation like this, because they thought they had what- they thought these people would act civilized? They thought these people would give a damn?” Pelosi said. “What is it that is missing here in terms of anticipation? They give us a piece of paper that says walk through the tunnel, don’t walk outside. That’s your preparation?”

When reached for comment on the video, a spokesperson for Pelosi told Fox News Digital, “Numerous independent fact-checkers have confirmed again and again that Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination on January 6th.”

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“As the footage in its entirety plainly shows, Speaker Pelosi sprang into action in response to the attack on the Capitol — mobilizing the defense of the Capitol, urging the Administration to deploy the National Guard and coordinating the continuity of government.  Cherry-picked, out-of-context clips do not change the fact that the Speaker of the House is not in charge of the security of the Capitol Complex — on January 6th or any other day of the week,” the spokesperson said. “Three years later, House Republicans are still attempting to whitewash the deadly insurrection.”

House Republicans, however, say the clip undercuts Pelosi’s assertions that Trump was to blame for the Jan. 6 riot.

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., chair of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, accused the now-defunct House January 6 select committee of trying to hide evidence that contradicted a certain narrative.

“As Nancy Pelosi was being evacuated from the Capitol on January 6, 2021 she admitted that, as Speaker of the House, she was ultimately responsible for the security failures, and for not having the National Guard at the Capitol that day. Then, she proceeded to spend nearly 20 million of taxpayer dollars for her Select Committee to blame President Trump for her failures,” Loudermilk said. 
 

“The Democrats’ partisan January 6 select committee went to great lengths to suppress and hide any evidence that didn’t support their predetermined narrative about that day, including a video of Speaker Pelosi admitting her responsibility. My committee will continue to investigate and expose all the facts we find, because the American people deserve to know the truth.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the Jan. 6 committee’s former chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., for comment.

Staggering spike in gender-related diagnoses among young Americans in wake of COVID

Mental health diagnoses in children have skyrocketed since the COVID pandemic — led by gender dysphoria and eating disorders, according to a new report.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions analyzed medical claims data submitted between 2019 and 2023 for patients under age 18.

Overall, mental health claims rose 83% among young people in that time frame.

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By comparison, gender identity-related diagnoses spiked 133% and eating disorders rose 108%.

Phobic disorders also increased by 77%, as did claims for developmental disorders.

“Americans are in the midst of a mental health crisis, which lingered well before and was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the researchers wrote in the report.

“The initial trauma and continued ripple effects from the pandemic are still negatively impacting Americans’ mental health, particularly teens and young adults.”

Why the spike in gender dysphoria?

Multiple factors have led to the sharp uptick in gender dysphoria, according to Abbey Jo Schrage, a licensed psychotherapist who runs her own practice in Idaho and provides virtual mental health services.

“The first is the simple fact of awareness of gender identity issues,” she told Fox News Digital. 

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“Youth have newfound, and constant, access to information and language regarding issues such as gender identity via countless apps and websites.”

She added, “Another factor is the increasing cultural and social acceptance of expressions regarding gender identity.”

Jonathan Levine, a licensed clinical social worker who works with Equip in Pennsylvania, attributes the spike in cases to three factors: awareness, normalization and increased acceptance. 

“As it has become more normal to explore gender as a construct in society, people have become more comfortable exploring their own gender as individuals,” he told Fox News Digital. 

“The initial trauma and continued ripple effects from the pandemic are still negatively impacting Americans’ mental health, particularly teens and young adults.”

“Kids and adolescents naturally have a curiosity about themselves, and so much of childhood is exploring who you are and your values … It’s natural for young adults to be curious about their own identity, and it’s safer for the youth to explore their own than it has been in the past.”

Parents and communities can support children by listening to them without judgment or arguing, according to Schrage.

They should also “appropriately filter content” for their children’s age level, she added.

“What a child is exposed to must be developmentally appropriate and not usher in premature confusion,” Schrage warned.

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Adam Mariano, a Philadelphia-based president and general manager of health care for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, suggests providing “safe spaces” for youth to engage, ask questions and share information.

“Providing clear, age-appropriate information and context will ensure that children are not isolated and made to feel fearful,” he told Fox News Digital. 

A supportive family can be life-saving for youth with gender dysphoria, according to Levine.

“A strong and affirming family support system has been demonstrated to decrease suicidality in TGE youth by up to 82% and suicide attempts from 57% to 4%,” he said. 

Why the spike in eating disorders?

Exposure to “idealized and altered bodies” alongside methods of achieving these unrealistic physical features is at an all-time high, Schrage noted.

“Many of my youth patients report spending between four and six hours per day of scrolling and comparing themselves to others each day,” she told Fox News Digital. 

There was a sharp increase in eating disorders during the pandemic, according to Levine.

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“While there is no one reason why people develop an eating disorder, a common theme for many is a desire to feel control,” he said. 

“The pandemic made so many people feel alone, isolated and unable to control their surroundings, all of which led to a ton of mental health woes, eating disorders included.”

Social media also plays a role in normalizing one type of body for all people, Levine noted.

“The constant onslaught of messaging around beauty standards, body ideals, diet culture and a chaotic world are all factors that contribute to an increase in eating disorders among youth.”

To help young people who are struggling with eating disorders, Schrage said parents and the community should set appropriate limits on time and exposure to unrealistic images and media. 

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“Parents should also prioritize meals together, model healthy eating behaviors and verbalize their own sense of self,” she advised. 

“Furthermore, giving their children feedback on internal qualities — such as their character and personality — more than outward physical and performance markers helps them develop a balanced, realistic sense of self.”

Parents and family members should also watch out for warning signs, Levine said, such as increased exercise, dieting, avoidance of certain food groups and an increased focus on body image.  

“Normalize an ‘all foods fit’ dietary lifestyle, where every food is safe to eat, and there are no such things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods,” he advised.

“Focusing on supporting youth in creating an expansive life that is bigger than what their body looks like is important.”

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