If there is one thing you can count on in this uncertain world, it’s that Chris Cuomo will have about the worst take possible on any given issue — especially if he’s running cover for a Democratic darling with a lot of pull, like the drug-addled, scandal-ridden son of the President of the United States of America.
In the wake of news that Delaware investigators are referring Hunter Biden’s case for prosecution on a slew of charges — including the felony crime of lying on a federal gun buying form — Cuomo declared on his Tuesday podcast that lying on such a form was no big whoop because, he argued, everyone does it.
Last night, Chris Cuomo downplayed Hunter Biden committing a felony by lying about drug use on his gun purchase application.
"…when it's about whether someone is going to tell the truth about using illegal drugs, lying and buying is not uncommon." pic.twitter.com/yoDyQzCoOu
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 12, 2022
“It’s not really about Hunter Biden’s gun application, is it?” Cuomo asked his viewers.
“Lying and buying,” he continued. “When it comes to gun applications, especially when it’s about whether someone is going to tell the truth about using illegal drugs, lying and buying is not uncommon.”
As BizPac Review reported, “people familiar with the case” told The Washington Post that federal agents in Delaware had “determined months ago they had assembled a viable criminal case against the younger Biden.”
“Initially, the investigation centered around Hunter Biden’s finances related to overseas business ties and consulting work. Over time, investigators with multiple agencies focused closely on whether he did not report all of his income, and whether he lied on gun purchase paperwork in 2018, according to the people familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing case,” WaPo reported.
Citing a leaked October 2018 voicemail from an emotional Joe Biden to his son just three days after Hunter allegedly lied about being a drug addict on the gun form, Cuomo attempted to defend the crime by blasting the “system.”
“If anything, this voicemail is proof that our system, or even our gun buy system, is inherently flawed,” he stated.
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It’s a narrative that’s clearly been pushed hard by the left as midterm elections rapidly approach. After all, should the president’s son actually be charged with felonies prior to the elections, the optics as voters head for the polls could be devastating.
So, like the liberal lapdogs they are, the Washington Post rushed back in June to make the case that not even the Department of Justice considers fibbing about addictions to dangerous substances on Form 4473 a crime worth pursuing.
“[A]ccording to newly revealed Justice Department records, the odds of being charged for lying on this form are virtually nonexistent,” wrote WaPo “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler. “In the 2019 fiscal year, when Hunter Biden purchased his gun, federal prosecutors received 478 referrals for lying on Form 4473 — and filed just 298 cases, according to data extracted from the U.S. attorneys’ case management system. That’s out of approximately 27 million background checks undertaken in a 12-month period.”
“The numbers were roughly similar for fiscal 2018 (444 referrals and 271 cases) and fiscal 2020 (433 referrals and 243 cases),” Kessler added.
But the fact is when Hunter Biden answered “no” on question number six on Form 4472 — “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” — he, according to his own words, likely committed a felony punishable by years in prison.
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“If he is found to have lied on the form, the form itself warns that ‘Certain violations of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. 921 et. seq., are punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine,'” NewsBusters reports.
And in his article, Kessler noted, “For being a user of unlawful drugs in possession of a firearm, the punishment is up to five years.”
That Hunter Biden has a drug problem is indisputable in light of information gleaned from the now infamous “laptop from hell.”
But you don’t need to dig through his seedy files to learn about it.
In his own memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Kessler notes Hunter’s recollection of a spring 2018 visit to Chateau Marmont, the exclusive celebrity hangout where comedian John Belushi famously died from a drug overdose in 1982.
“I drove my rental to the Chateau Marmont, in West Hollywood, where I checked into a bungalow and by 4 a.m. had smoked every crumb of crack I’d brought,” the first son wrote.
He went on to say that his drug addiction was so out of control that his parents held an intervention to force him into rehab.
But perhaps there is another reason for Cuomo to claim that lying on the form is no big deal.
As NewsBusters reports, the disgraced Cuomo brother admitted again on Tuesday’s show that he is himself a gun owner.
Why is this relevant?
On a separate episode of his podcast, the outlet reminds readers, while responding to Whoopi Goldberg, Cuomo “felt that something Goldberg said was so crazy that ‘it makes me feel like the last time I got the dosage wrong on my THC.'”
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