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The Latest: Cross-Examination of Hallie Biden Begins
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By Associated Press
Published 6 days ago on
June 6, 2024

Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial includes the cross-examination of Hallie Biden, who provided testimony about Hunter’s drug use and the details of his gun purchase. (AP/Matt Slocum)

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Hallie Biden acknowledged that when Hunter Biden told her in a text message the day after the gun purchase that he had been at a 7-Eleven store and waiting for a dealer, she didn’t know whether that was actually the case.

Hunter’s message came after she sent a text wondering where he was, suspecting that he might have been with another woman.

Hallie also said she could not know whether Hunter was being truthful when he told her in a text on Oct. 14, two days after the gun purchase, that he was smoking crack.

Hallie Biden’s Testimony on Drug Use

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell asked Hallie Biden about her own drug use and whether she attended counseling with Hunter Biden after he returned to Delaware from California in early October 2018.

Hallie said that from the time Hunter returned to Delaware to the time she threw his gun in a trash can, she did not use drugs and did not see Hunter using drugs. That period includes Oct. 12, 2018, the day of the gun purchase that led to the criminal charges he’s facing.

Prosecutors allege he lied on the gun purchase form when he said he wasn’t using drugs.

Beginning of Cross-Examination

The defense has begun the cross-examination of Hallie Biden as she testifies in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial.

Hunter Biden’s defense attorney, Abbe Lowell, began by asking Hallie about Hunter Biden’s drug use after they began a romantic relationship following the 2015 death of her husband and Hunter’s brother, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

Testimony on Hunter’s Drug Use

Testifying in Hunter Biden’s trial, Hallie Biden said that after she began a relationship with him, she learned he was using crack cocaine.

She believes she first found the drug at her house in Wilmington, Delaware, where Hunter would stay from time to time. She later saw Hunter actually using crack.

“Where did he get the drugs from?” asked prosecutor Leo Wise.

“Various dealers,” replied Hallie, adding that she was sometimes with Hunter when he met dealers.

She also said smoking crack could leave Hunter “agitated or high-strung, but at other times, functioning as well.”

As she testified, Hallie Biden calmly answered the prosecutor’s questions in an even, steady voice.

Testimony on Gun Purchase

Former gun store clerk Gordon Cleveland has finished his testimony and the prosecution has called Hallie Biden to the witness stand in Hunter Biden’s federal gun case.

Hallie Biden is the widow of Hunter Biden’s late brother, Beau Biden. She had a brief romantic relationship with Hunter after Beau died in 2015. Hallie said the relationship began in late 2015 or early 2016.

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