Hunter Biden Federal Gun Trial, Week 1: The Evidence, Legal Analysis, and More

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Just days after the guilty verdict in Donald Trump’s New York business records trial, First Son Hunter Biden is heading to court for a criminal trial of his own.

Biden was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on three felony gun counts after his sweetheart plea deal related to misdemeanor tax charges spectacularly fell apart last summer. That deal would have allowed him to plead not guilty to two federal tax misdemeanor charges and also enter a “diversion agreement” on the gun charge.

The indictment center around a revolver Biden purchased from a Delaware gun shop and owned for about 11 days in October 2018. He was struggling with a cocaine addiction at the time, but he claimed to not be illegally using or addicted to drugs on government forms. 

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika is overseeing the trial in Wilmington, Delaware, which is where the Bidens call home. The trial began on Monday with 12 jurors and 4 alternates being selected. Members of the Biden family, including First Lady Jill Biden and Hunter’s half-sister Ashley Biden, have been in the courtroom all week.

Opening statements were delivered on Tuesday. By Friday, the prosecution had rested its case after calling an array of witnesses including his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, sister-in-law and former lover Hallie Biden, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan. All three women testified to his rampant drug use. Prosecutors also brought in his infamous laptop, memoir, and text messages as evidence.

Biden’s defense team took over on Friday and called his eldest daughter, Naomi Biden, to the stand. The defense strategy appears to be that Biden did not believe himself to be an active addict at the time of the gun purchase. 

To keep you up to date on everything that is happening in the trial, we’ve rounded up the best commentary from Megyn and her guests this week on the evidence, media reaction, and more.

The Evidence

Hunter Biden Trial Shines New Light on the Facts About His Very Real Laptop

Megyn is joined by legal experts Viva Frei and Phil Holloway to discuss how Hunter’s very real laptop is taking center stage in his current trial, how the laptop was once spun by “intel officials” as Russian disinformation, the way the media was more than happy to participate in the propaganda, and more.

How Hunter Biden’s Own Texts Prove He’s Guilty in Gun Case

Megyn, Frei, and Holloway break down the details of what Hunter is accused of regarding the government gun forms, obvious proof that Hunter was addicted to and still using crack cocaine when he bought the gun, his incriminating text messages with his brother’s widow, and more.

LISTEN: Jury Hears Hunter Talk About His Drug Use in His Own Words

Megyn plays the audio excerpts from Hunter’s memoir where he details his drug use that the jury is hearing, the immense evidence against him, and more.

Legal Analysis

Hunter Biden Heads to Trial – Here’s Why He’s Likely Guilty

Megyn is joined by Emily Jashinsky, D.C. correspondent for Unherd, and Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon, to discuss why the first son is most likely guilty, his history of drug use and treating people poorly, President Biden politicizing the case by weighing in, and more.

The Media

Corporate Media Covers for Joe Biden While Hunter’s Criminal Trial Starts

Megyn, Jashinsky, and Johnson discuss how the media is covering for President Biden as his son’s trial begins, how the judge’s rulings have been far fairer than Trump trial Judge Juan Merchan, and more.

You can check out Megyn’s full analysis by tuning in to The Megyn Kelly Show on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch the program live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.