Biden says he is ‘so proud’ of Hunter as gun trial gets underway – first lady sits in courtroom

Hunter Biden is facing a maximum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted on all counts as the federal trial over the purchase of a firearm gets underway in Delaware.

Potential jurors were being questioned Monday as First Lady Jill Biden and other Biden family members watched the proceedings. President Joe Biden issued a statement as the trial kicked off.

“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. Hunter’s resilience in the face of adversity and the strength he has brought to his recovery are inspiring to us,” read the president’s statement.

“A lot of families have loved ones who have overcome addiction and know what we mean,” he continued.

“As the President, I don’t and won’t comment on pending federal cases, but as a Dad, 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 are going to continue to be there for Hunter and our family with our love and support.”

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Hunter Biden was “appearing attentive” as the trial kicked off, according to Fox News coverage of the courtroom proceedings. The 54-year-old son of the president was “wearing a dark suit and orange reading glasses.”

“Jill Biden, who is wearing a bright purple suit, Ashley Biden and Melissa Cohen are all sitting in the front row, in that order, and have been huddling among themselves, whispering,” the report continued. “They appear to be taking notes, with Ashley Biden appearing expressive and nodding while potential jurors answer questions. She smiled when juror #5 said she and her husband worked for the Secret Service.”

The first lady is marking her 73rd birthday on Monday and Hunter reportedly had a message for her in the courtroom.

“Happy Birthday,” he reportedly said as the proceedings got underway. “I got you a special event.”

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Last year, the president had insisted in an MSNBC interview that, “My son has done nothing wrong.”

“I trust him. I have faith in him, and it impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him,” Biden told Stephanie Ruhle in an interview at the time.

Frieda Powers

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