Biden reportedly blamed Hunter’s conviction on re-election bid: ‘He would have gotten the plea deal’

President Biden reportedly blamed his re-election campaign on his son Hunter Biden’s conviction on federal gun charges, with the chief executive concerned that his political career has put his family in the spotlight.

“If I hadn’t been up for re-election, he would have gotten a plea deal,” Biden reportedly told a person close to him earlier this month, Politico reported Tuesday. The younger Biden’s initial plea deal collapsed in July 2023.

Hunter Biden was convicted on all three counts by a Delaware jury Tuesday and faces up to 25 years in prison, although he is not expected to receive the maximum sentence.

White House aides reportedly told Politico that the move would take an emotional toll on the president.

President Biden reportedly believes his re-election campaign cost his son Hunter Biden a plea deal. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)


The White House did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Biden found out about his son’s guilty verdict as he prepared for his remarks on gun violence and returned to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday to be with Hunter, according to Politico.

The president also said he would not pardon his son.

In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir in Normandy, France, before the conclusion of the federal trial, Biden said he would accept its results. He also said he would rule out the possibility of pardoning Hunter if he was found guilty.

Hunter Biden leaves federal court, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The president’s son was convicted of making false statements in purchasing a firearm, making a false statement regarding information required to be maintained by a federally licensed gun dealer, and possession of a weapon fired by a person who is an illegal user or drug addict. to a controlled substance.

After the verdict, the president released a statement expressing his love and support, also highlighting his son’s well-known struggles with addiction.

“As I said last week, I’m the president, but I’m also a dad. Jill and I love our son and we are so proud of the man he is today,” he said. he declares.

“So many families with loved ones battling addiction understand the feeling of pride in seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in their recovery. As I also said last week , I will accept the outcome of this case and “I will continue to respect the legal process while Hunter considers an appeal,” the president added.


Hunter Biden expressed gratitude to his family in a statement following the verdict.

“I am more grateful today for the love and support I received last week from Melissa, my family, friends and community than I am disappointed by the outcome. Recovery is possible by the grace of God, and I am blessed to experience this gift one day at a time,” he said.

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn and Brandon Gillesepie contributed to this report.