Opening Statements Begin in Hunter Biden’s Federal Criminal Trial

Jimmy Williams

Opening statements commenced Tuesday in the federal criminal trial of Hunter Biden, with prosecutor Derek Hines asserting that “No one is above the law.” Special counsel David Weiss is leading the prosecution against President Joe Biden’s son.

Charges Against Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden faces three counts related to possession of a firearm while using narcotics. Two of the counts accuse him of having completed a form indicating he was not using illegal drugs when he bought a Colt Cobra revolver on Oct. 12, 2018. The third count alleges he possessed a firearm while using a narcotic.

Key Statements from the Prosecution

In his opening statement, Hines emphasized the importance of accountability, stating, “It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your name is.” He pointed out that Biden chose to illegally own a firearm and to lie about his drug use. Hines noted, “No one is allowed to lie on a federal form like that. Not even Hunter Biden.”

Jury Selection

A jury of 12, comprising six men and six women, along with four alternates, was selected from over 60 potential jurors. Proceedings faced a brief delay on Tuesday when a juror had to be replaced due to financial hardship.

Support from Family

First Lady Jill Biden was present in court both days to support her son, Hunter Biden, sitting next to his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden. A source mentioned that a “steady stream of family and friends” is expected to attend throughout the trial.

Substance Abuse and Jury Pool

Several jurors disclosed having family or friends with substance abuse issues, a factor the Biden family appreciates as they believe many understand the complexity of addiction.

Witness Testimonies and Evidence

Prosecutors plan to call around 12 witnesses, including FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen, who is expected to introduce key evidence, such as text messages indicating Hunter Biden’s drug use around the time of the firearm purchase.
– One message, dated the day after the purchase, mentions Biden “waiting for a dealer.”
– Another message from October 14, 2018, reportedly states he was “sleeping on a car smoking crack.”

Additionally, Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle and Hallie Olivere Biden, the widow of his late brother Beau, are also set to testify.

Defense Strategy

Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, is set to deliver the defense’s opening statement. Lowell plans to call the gun shop owner where the firearm was purchased and two to three expert witnesses, although some expert testimonies are being challenged by Weiss’ office.

Upcoming Proceedings

The trial will continue with witness testimonies following the opening statements, as the court examines the evidence and arguments presented by both the prosecution and defense.

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