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Hunter Biden's Reckless Life: The Four Most Shocking Details From Trial


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There were many revelations for the jury in the Hunter Biden gun trial. Prosecutors offered a journey through Hunter Biden's crack addiction from 2015 to 2019, a time in which he introduced others to the drug and sought crack from just about anywhere he could find it.

Biden, a son of president Joe Biden, has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements on a federal form while purchasing a firearm in October 2018 and of illegal gun possession while being a drug user, specifically of crack cocaine.

He is the first offspring of a sitting president to go on criminal trial.

Newsweek sought email comment from Biden's attorney on Tuesday.

As the court waits for the jury's verdict, here are some of the key revelations from the trial.

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Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs from federal court on June 10, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware. Jurors have begun deliberations for Hunter Biden's trial on felony gun charges. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Hunter Biden Sought Crack Cocaine From A Homeless Camp

Some of the biggest revelations came from Hunter Biden's own voice. The first piece of evidence prosecutors presented was excerpts from Hunter Biden's memoir, Beautiful Things.

Biden recalls visiting a homeless camp in Los Angeles, hoping that somebody there would be able to sell him crack cocaine.

The jury could hear Biden say that, during his addiction, he had a "limitless appetite for debasement," which included buying crack from anywhere he could find it.

This, to say the least, is in marked contrast to the actions of President Obama's two daughters. In the final days of his presidency, his daughters agreed to donate their White House lawn swing set to a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter.

He Got His Brother's Widow On To Crack Cocaine

Hallie Biden was in emotional turmoil after the death of her husband, Beau Biden, in 2015.

Beau Biden had died of brain cancer and was also being grieved by his brother, Hunter, and his father, President Joe Biden and many others.

Hunter Biden began a relationship with Hallie and introduced her to crack cocaine in 2018.

Hallie Biden, a school counselor and chair of the Beau Biden Foundation For the Protection of Children, told the trial that she deeply regretted her actions.

"It was a terrible experience that I went through. I'm embarrassed, and I'm ashamed and I regret that period of my life," she told the court.

She stopped taking crack in August 2018 and urged Hunter Biden to get help, she told the court.

His Own Crack Dealer Broke Up With Him

Prosecutors read out text messages that showed that Hunter Biden's drug addiction was so bad that his own crack dealer decided not to supply him any more.

The man texted Biden to tell him that he was going "out of my way" to get him drugs but it was very time consuming and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

"We will always be friends, bro," the dealer added.

His Ex-Wife Had To Check His Car For Drugs Before Letting Their Daughters Use It

Kathleen Buhle cataloged her worsening relationship with her husband, as she learned of both his drug addiction and his infidelity.

She discovered his drug use in 2015 and found a crack pipe in the family home.

She still stayed in the marriage and they didn't officially separate until she found out he was cheating on her, she alleged.

They divorced in 2017 and she wouldn't let their daughters use Hunter Biden's car until she had searched it for crack. She found drugs and drug paraphernalia several times, she testified.

The jury had already heard from Biden's memoir that he had driven his car while high on crack.

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