An Oct. 15, 2018 voice message sent by the elder Biden to his son disclosed that the so-called "big guy" knew of his son's issues, despite feigning ignorance. The message was sent three days after Hunter purchased a .38 caliber Colt revolver from a Delaware store.
"It's Dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the whole world, pal," Joe tearfully pleaded. "You [got to] get some help. I know you don't know what to do; I don't either."
The voice message also put the veracity of the federal Firearm Transaction Record Hunter submitted at the time of purchase. Commonly known as the Form 4473, the record mandates buyers to disclose if they use "marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance."
Hunter ticked the "no" box when he purchased the firearm in 2018. But in his 2021 memoir titled "Beautiful Things," the presidential son admitted to struggling with a "full-blown addiction" to crack cocaine during the purchase period. (Related: COCAINE found in West Wing phone cubby hours after Biden visit, Secret Service confirms.)
Approximately two weeks after the purchase, Hallie Biden – the wife of Hunter's older brother Beau – discovered the gun in Hunter's truck. She discarded the firearm in a grocery store trash can, which led to a police investigation.
The discovery of the gun sparked a heated exchange between Hunter and Hallie – who were lovers – in a text message. The exchange was among many discovered in the so-called "laptop from Hell." While the incident drew the attention of local and federal law enforcement, no charges were brought up.
Hunter now faces three felony counts – including false statement in purchase of a firearm; false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. If convicted, he could face a $750,000 fine and up to 25 years in prison.
"They really thought they were gonna be successful with that plea deal that they had negotiated," said journalist Paula Reid. "Even when it first fell apart, they felt the judge would ultimately approve it."
According to Reid, Hunter is still very close to his father. However, they do not discuss the younger Biden's legal troubles as he does not want to burden his father with the ongoing legal battles.
Despite this closeness, the White House has signaled that a presidential pardon for Hunter is unlikely. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre firmly stated "no" when asked if the president would pardon his son in the event of a conviction.
Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) echoed this sentiment, calling it a "mistake" for the president to pardon his son. Goldman emphasized that the elder Biden has worked to restore the integrity of the Department of Justice and such a pardon would not align with that commitment.
But not everyone believes that a presidential pardon for Hunter is off the table. Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump White House aide, believes Biden will ultimately pardon his son even if it's on his last night in office out of fear of potential actions by former President Donald Trump. Incidentally, Hunter has sued Ziegler for disseminating information from the controversial laptop.
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