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MSNBC Legal Analyst Says There’s ‘Plenty Of Evidence’ For Jury To Convict Hunter Biden

MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuaid said Saturday that there is ample evidence for a jury to find Hunter Biden guilty in his ongoing trial.

Biden’s trial began Monday in Delaware. Biden was indicted in September by Special Counsel David Weiss on three federal firearms charges, including making false statements and possessing a gun while a drug addict. On “The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” McQuaid said Biden’s intent would be difficult to prove and a conviction would require circumstantial evidence, but that the prosecution’s vast body of evidence meant it was reasonable for a jury to reach that conclusion. (Related article: ‘Harming Joe Biden from every angle’: Strategists say Hunter’s latest stunt may have landed his father in a sticky mess)

“I think the defense is not going to dispute what happened — certainly the fact that the defendant purchased this gun, the facts that occurred, the fact that the defendant was using drugs on all of the dates that are presented — but I think they’re going to argue that the defendant did not believe he was an addict at the time,” McQuade said.

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“Proving the defendant’s intent, knowledge and mindset is always the hardest thing for a prosecutor to prove, because you can’t read someone’s mind,” she continued. “And a lot of the testimony was, ‘I didn’t see him that day, I don’t know if he was using drugs that day.’ There was certainly testimony about that day. So it takes a little bit of circumstantial evidence for a jury to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. But it seems like there’s enough evidence for them to draw that inference. So it’s probably going to be a bit of an uphill battle for the defense.”

Prosecutors obtained messages and documents from a laptop left behind by Biden and presented them to jurors as evidence of Biden’s drug use around the time he bought a gun in 2018. according to According to CNN, criminal lawyer Bernarda Villalona on Monday advised Biden to plead guilty, saying the evidence of Weiss’s guilt was “strong” and that it may be the “best” course of action to “avoid” incarceration.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said Thursday it was “really astonishing” how quickly Biden’s defense “fell apart” during the trial.

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