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Secret Service Reveals Hunter Biden’s Protection Status After Convictions

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Hunter Biden’s Secret Service protection will not be changed after being convicted on charges related to his lying on a form to obtain a firearm when he was still addicted to drugs.

“Hunter Biden’s Secret Service protection will remain unchanged despite this week’s judicial outcome,” U.S. Secret Service Chief of Communications Anthony Guglielmi said to Newsweek.

The Secret Service is only obligated to protect the children of sitting presidents until they are 16 years old, but the agency typically continues to protect them longer.

“Hunter Biden, whose codename is ‘Captain,’ was provided Secret Service detail during his trial and is expected to return to the courthouse with personnel at his sentencing hearing. A date has not yet been set for the hearing but sentencing typically takes 120 days after a conviction. Hunter Biden has received protection since his father assumed office,” Newsweek reported.

“Secret Service was also present at the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump earlier this year. But while Trump is entitled to lifetime protection as the former commander-in-chief, Hunter Biden could lose his detail if his father loses November’s election,” it said.

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Hunter Biden is facing 25 years behind bars, but as a first-time offender, it is unlikely he would see that type of sentence and may not have to serve any time in prison.

“In all reality, and not because his last name is Biden — simply because anybody convicted of this kind of crime would probably get probation and a fine — that’s probably what he’ll get as well,” legal analyst Sara Azari said to NewsNation. “He’s not being treated above the law or any differently.”

One of the jurors in Hunter Biden’s trial spoke about what led to his conviction.

According to the juror and others on the panel, a series of damning text messages between the first son and his sister-in-law were key to convicting him.

A juror who spoke to the New York Post said that messages between Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden, who was the wife of his late brother, Beau Biden, with whom Hunter had a fling, were important in showing Hunter’s state of mind and condition at the time he bought the gun.

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“[The text messages showed], in my opinion, he was training to get drugs,” said a juror whom the outlet described as a black 51-year-old woman from upper Delaware.

In her testimony during the trial, Hallie Biden was presented with a text message from October 13, 2018, which was one day after Hunter Biden purchased the gun. The text indicated that he was sitting in a car, waiting for a crack dealer named Mookie. Hallie testified that she believed “that he was buying crack cocaine.” A text the following day from Hunter said he was smoking crack and sleeping in a car.

Hunter Biden “looks kind of defeated. He looks kind of helpless to me,” the juror said. “I think he just needs to get away somewhere and get some real rehab if he hasn’t. Hopefully, he’s still not using.”

The Post reported that although the verdict was reached quickly on Tuesday, it didn’t seem that way on Monday following an informal vote, according to another juror. The juror noted that five jury members changed their minds overnight. Also, The Post noted that the final juror was uncertain Hunter was using crack at the time of the gun purchase but reviewed the evidence again and concluded that he was.

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The upper Delaware juror said the group “worked together really well.”

“I was expecting all of us to be at each other’s throats, you know, because of who his father is and how the political climate is in this country,” she said.

CNN spoke to Juror 10 on Tuesday after the verdict, and he said that Joe Biden and the Biden family were not issues during the deliberations. He noted that the jury focused on the evidence, not Hunter Biden’s family or lifestyle.

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