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While President Joe Biden seemed adamant a few days ago that he would not pardon his son, Hunter Biden, if he was convicted on felony gun charges, the White House seems to be backing off that stance—at least a bit.

On Tuesday, a federal court jury in Delaware found the younger Biden guilty on all three federal felony gun charges stemming from buying and possessing a firearm while he was addicted to illegal drugs. A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the charges could carry a fine of up to $750,000 and up to 25 years in prison.

The president positively ruled out pardoning his son during an ABC news interview last week, before the trial ended. However, today’s White House press conference has many speculating that Biden will commute Hunter’s sentence, another way to spare him from the penalty without making his earlier statement about pardoning his son another outright lie in a long list of prevarications he’s uttered during his administration.

At a press conference on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One,  “As we all know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet.” However, concerning the possibility of the president commuting Hunter’s sentence, she said, “I just don’t have anything beyond that.”

A pardon is an act that grants official forgiveness to a person for a crime. Unlike a pardon, a commutation does not mean that there is forgiveness for the underlying offense. It simply means that the period of incarceration served for the offense has been reduced.

Of course, with Jean-Pierre’s statement some in the so-called “mainstream media” immediately went on the president’s defense—as usual. Within just a few hours, MSNBC posted a story in which author Jordan Rubin wrote, “… it would be a potentially odd distinction to pre-emptively rule out a pardon but hold open the possibility of commutation.”

The case revolved around the younger Biden’s 2018 purchase of a firearm from a licensed dealer in which, while filling in Form 4473, Hunter responded “no” to the question of whether he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” However, per Hunter’s own account of his addiction—as chronicled in his 2021 book, Beautiful Things—it is almost certain that he was an addict at the time he purchased the gun.

Earlier this week, the jury took less than a day of deliberation to decide that Hunter Biden was guilty as charged. Since a sentencing date has not yet been set, his penalty is still unknown.

Concerning the pardon vs. commutation scenario, with the president’s propensity to say one thing and do another, a pardon for his son certainly isn’t out of the question. Now it seems, however, that a commutation of Hunter’s upcoming sentence might be even more likely.

Either way, it will probably be yet another example of Hunter benefitting from his father, just as he did during several verified cases of influence peddling when the current president was vice president.

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  1. 10yrs for the little POS in the Foreign Legion. Perhaps they can make a man out of the SOB.

  2. Papa Joe is going to wait until after the election to pardon or commute his bankers sentences. It won’t matter after that.

    • No doubt in my mind of that. Could be over the weekend after the elections, but could be Nov. 5th when the last polls close. I don’t think he’ll be worried about semantics even at that stage.

  3. Let’s be clear about one thing. biden is not capable of doing anything. He does not, repeat, does not run the country.

    A coup was carried out using a disabled old man as its front. The current .gov of the US is illegal. Ran by traitors.

    • If he flubs the debate two weeks from today they will try to dump him from the ticket and sub in someone like Whitmer. At that point they may let him pardon Hunter to push regular Dems into supporting the new candidate. Watch to see if they under juice him or overjuice him to get the angry old man version going.

    • Wow jwm, that Wrong Think is going to get you in trouble.
      President Biden is the greatest president America has or ever will have.
      The economy is up, the illegal immigrants aren’t illegal anymore, the homeless are housed, crime is nonexistent, fuzzy bunny’s and rainbows.
      We’ve never had it this good.
      4 more years. hell Make it 8

      • And keep taking your “supplements”.

        Otherwise you’ll arrested for “Mandatory Drug Evasion”. (THX1138 reference).

  4. However its done, Hunter Biden is not built for incarceration even in Club Fed. At some point the Regime will remove the worry from the Prince of Maryland.

    BTW, the next set of charges is an increasing threat and pardons/clemency will have to wait until they are adjudication. Hunter’s now a convicted felon which moves him to more severe time on the sentencing guidelines.

  5. First…..the dementia ridden diaper wearing old coot already has a signed pardon in the white house safe just in case he is (officially) ruled dead prior to leaving.

    Second…. he doesn’t give a sheet that about lying and he’ll do a full pardon so that the felony is totally expunged because how dare you try to label a Biden a felon! And if you object he’s gonna challenge you to a fight out back and that’s the fact Jack!

    • I used to meet guys like you behind the bleachers in high school. No joke! C’mon fat! Let’s do push-ups together, man, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do. Let’s take an IQ test, all right?

    • Dims will pull some shenanigans. Hunter will be pardoned “eventually”. Whodathunk the spawn of satan would be the cause celeb for “gun rights”🙄😧

  6. Brandon will drop out of the race. He will have to do something because Hunter will appeal this all the way to SCOTUS and will win. Background checks are facially unconstitutional and will fall. The left simply can’t let this case to to the SC.

  7. He deserves no more jail than Trump should get for his many more convictions. Fine and probation for both the idiots.

    • That’s right v4lu you idiot…For concocted charges beginning with russian collusion POTUS DJT deserves the same as hunter who actually broke firearm purchase laws that any law abiding citizen has to take seriously before signing their name. It’s ignorant pathetic fukheads like you who paved the way for joe and the Rat Party to f up America.

  8. If Hunter goes to prison I want to be his cell mate. Can you imagine the perks, champagne. caviar, cuban cigars, cocaine and chandeliers.
    Your own private bath, guards are valets. Spacious cell decorated by Martha Stewart, 6 week vacation leaves.
    ,,,,,sign me up.

  9. What do you want to bet some of the members of the jury and/or judiciary of these events are going to be Hillaried?

  10. Hunter’s conviction on all charges is extremely inconvenient for the administrative state. They definitely want to send president trump to prison.

    But no jail time under any circumstances for Hunter would be really unbearable. As The Beatles would have said, “You want a revolution, you got one.”

    But the administrative state does believe they can get away with anything.

  11. Guilty under the eyes of the law but not guilty under our Constitution. 4473 is unconstitutional…PERIOD! “Hunter’s conviction on all charges is extremely inconvenient for the administrative state.” BULLSHIT! It’s the perfect distraction from Hunters Tax crimes which happen to implicate Joe (The Big 10% Guy), Uncle James, and various other family members. He’s going to be tried in California people! Nothing will come of it. The gun charges were a distraction and a red herring. Anyone happy about his convictions on the gun charges is making it harder to abolish the government overreach with the NFA.

  12. this will be shelved until post election. afterhe can do it with little consequence.

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