White House Won’t Rule Out Commuting Hunter’s Sentence

Hunter Biden, accompanied by his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, departs from federal court, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The White House on Wednesday would not say whether President Joe Biden might consider commuting the upcoming sentence of Hunter Biden after his son was found guilty of three federal gun charges.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, when asked during a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One whether a commutation for Hunter Biden is on the table, pointed to Biden previously ruling out a pardon for his son but did not rule out a possible commutation.

“I haven’t spoken to the president about this since the verdict came out, and as we all know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet,” Jean-Pierre said.

While a presidential pardon exonerates a convicted individual of all guilt in their crime, a commutation keeps the conviction intact but reduces the punishment.

For example, former President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former campaign aide and longtime friend Roger Stone before his term ended, sparing him having to report to prison for seven felonies.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika has not set a sentencing for Hunter Biden. On Tuesday, he was found guilty of falsely filling out a federal form denying he was addicted to narcotics when he purchased a firearm, lying to a gun dealer and knowingly possessing the revolver despite restrictions against people addicted to drugs owning firearms.

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