Hunter Biden defense gets crack at cross-examining FBI agent on gun trial’s third day

WILMINGTON, Del. — Hunter Biden defense lawyer Abbe Lowell will get his first actual likelihood Wednesday to cross-examine a witness referred to as by federal prosecutors as the primary son’s gun trial rolls on.

FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen helped prosecutor Derek Hines stroll the jury by way of reams of proof towards Hunter, 54, throughout almost three-and-a-half hours of direct examination on Tuesday.

Lowell then spent about 25 minutes grilling Jensen in regards to the timeline of his shopper’s cocaine dependancy earlier than proceedings wrapped up for the day.

Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, arrive with attorney Abbe Lowell at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
It’s lead defense lawyer Abbe Lowell’s flip to strike again Wednesday and cross-examine the prosecution’s first witness FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen as Hunter Biden’s trial enters its third day. Saquan Stimpson – CNP for NY Post

Evidence launched by prosecutors Tuesday included textual content messages (some from Hunter’s infamous laptop computer) and audiobook excerpts of the primary son’s memoir narrating his dependancy struggles.

The texts had been featured in a summary chart that regulation enforcement helped compile from greater than 18,000 pages of communications.

Hines had used these messages to focus on cases during which Hunter appeared to pursue drug offers, together with only one day after his Oct. 12, 2018, buy of the revolver at the middle of the case.

Audio passages from Hunter’s e-book had been accompanied by highlighted textual content projected onto a display screen for jurors to see.

One of the panelists — a youthful man — was seen with a glance of disbelief as Hunter’s voice recounted how he “became a bloodhound on the scent” of medication and described his “superpower of finding crack cocaine anytime, anywhere.”

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines (Left) and Leo Wise (Right) pose for a photograph at the U.S. Attorney's Office in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Jensen, who had been assigned to the Hunter Biden case final fall, helped prosecutor Derek Hines unfurl mounds of proof to the jury Tuesday that she analyzed for the bureau. AP

Most of the opposite jurors appeared solemn and impassive as passages detailed Hunter’s harmful avenue offers, scouring of homeless encampments for cocaine, and studying how one can remodel the powdered drug into crack.

Hunter Biden, often stoic, even grew to become a bit fidgety at occasions listening to the play-by-play of his previous “debauchery.”

When it was his time, Lowell rapidly moved to muddy the waters, emphasizing to the jury that a lot of the proof prosecutors laid out referenced a interval outdoors of when Hunter bought the firearm.

The defense additionally took difficulty with Hines’ description of a passage in Hunter’s e-book during which the primary son recalled relapsing two weeks after getting clear.

Prosecutors cited some passages from Hunter’s memoir as proof that following his stint at “The View” facility in August of 2018, he later resorted to his previous methods — an try and disabuse jurors of any notion that Hunter was clear earlier than he purchased the gun.

First lady Dr. Jill Biden arrives after Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
First girl Dr. Jill Biden arrives to courtroom on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Saquan Stimpson – CNP for NY Post

But Lowell underscored that Hunter’s e-book didn’t specify whether or not that relapse referred to alcohol or crack.

Lowell additionally took difficulty with passages prosecutors dwelled on during which Hunter Biden described being paralyzed by his crack dependancy — at one level staying in a automobile to smoke crack and lacking scheduled flight after scheduled flight earlier than deciding to embark on a highway journey.

The defense lawyer countered that across the time of the gun buy, Hunter was very lively and never compromised the way in which he had been in prior bouts of his dependancy.

“There may be high-functioning alcoholics but there is no such thing as high-functioning crack addicts,” Lowell stated earlier within the day throughout his opening arguments, itemizing off a number of of Hunter’s obligations at the time.

Lowell additionally ripped into prosecutors for highlighting financial institution information displaying Hunter Biden blowing by way of money, insinuating they neglected funds associated to rehab.

Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, seen leaving the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Hunter Biden even grew to become a bit fidgety at occasions listening to the audio of his previous “debauchery.” Saquan Stimpson – CNP for NY Post

During questioning of Jensen, Hines defined that on one checking account, Hunter withdrew $151,640.45 by way of September, October, and November of 2018 — roughly $50k a month. On one other account, the defendant had withdrawn about $3.4 million all the 12 months of 2018.

On the day of the gun buy, the primary son had withdrawn about $5,000, in response to Hines.

Lowell responded by claiming Hunter was with out a bank card for lengthy intervals of time and used money for his run-of-the-mil bills. Book passages performed by Hines included Hunter claiming to have usually misplaced bank cards on drug-related escapades.

Hunter Biden’s defense

The key arguments introduced by Lowell embody:

  • Prosecutors can’t show Hunter “knowingly” lied at the time of the firearm buy, with Lowell stressing that oftentimes addicts are in a state of denial.
  • Hunter Biden could not have been excessive at the time of buy, although Noreika has beforehand dominated that prosecutors don’t must make that a part of their case.
  • Suggesting Hunter was fighting alcoholism at the time quite than crack dependancy.
  • Hallie Biden, not Hunter, put the revolver in a gun pouch which later examined constructive for cocaine residue.
  • Hunter Biden was upsold by a pushy salesman at StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply, whom Lowell described as a “whale hunter.”

“A sale is a sale and that was their goal that day and they wanted it done quickly,” Lowell chided throughout opening arguments.

Witnesses on deck

Hines has stated Jensen’s testimony would probably take up essentially the most time of any of the prosecution witnesses, who embody:

  • Kathleen Buhle, Hunter’s ex-wife
  • Zoe Kestan, Hunter’s former girlfriend
  • Hallie Biden, Hunter’s sister-in-law, turned lover
  • Gordon Cleveland, the gun salesman
  • Delaware State Police Senior Corporal Joshua Marley who responded on Oct. 23, 2018
  • Former Delaware State Police Lt. Millard Greer who responded on Oct. 23, 2018
  • Edward Banner, the person who rummaged by way of trash and located the revolver
  • DEA particular agent Joshua Romig to testify about coded language in drug offers
  • Possibly forensic chemist Dr. Jason Brewer to testify in regards to the cocaine residue within the gun pouch

For the defense, Lowell has hinted that he plans to name first brother James Biden to testify about Hunter’s rehab stint in August 2018.

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