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Winners and losers emerge following Hunter Biden’s guilty verdict in gun trial

Hunter Biden’s conviction on all three charges in his Delaware federal firearms case has highlighted a few winners and losers.

The president’s son was convicted of all charges in a landmark criminal case surrounding his 2018 firearms purchase.

Hunter Biden faced a trial this month that lasted more than a week and included emotional testimony from family members, including his daughter Naomi Biden, his ex-wife Kathleen Boulle and his sister-in-law-turned-lover. Harry Biden.

Losers: The Biden family

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Hunter Biden arrives with his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, at the federal courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Luke)

First Lady Jill Biden arrives at federal courthouse to hear verdict

First Lady Jill Biden arrives at the federal courthouse to hear the verdict, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

During the trial, members of the Biden family, including First Lady Jill Biden and Hunter Biden’s wife, were frequent guests in the Delaware courtroom, leading many experts to question whether Biden’s political clout in the state could influence jurors to acquit. President Biden spoke out about the case in May, saying he believed his son “did nothing wrong.”

“My son has done nothing wrong,” Biden said in a rare interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “I trust my son. I trust my son. And that makes him proud, and that impacts my presidency.”

Winner: House Oversight Committee

The Republican-led committee has been at the forefront of investigating crimes allegedly committed by Hunter Biden and has said the federal firearms case is a first step toward accountability.

“Hunter Biden’s sweet plea deal has been rejected by a federal judge,” said House Oversight Chairman James Comer. Post to X After being found guilty.

“Today’s sentence is a step toward accountability, but it is clear that Department of Justice officials continue to shield the big guy, Joe Biden, until the Department of Justice investigates everyone involved in the Biden family’s corrupt influence scheme.”

Losers: Hunter Biden’s lawyer Abe Lowell and “sugar brother” Kevin Morris

Lowell, Hunter Biden’s lead lawyer, tried unsuccessfully to argue there was “no evidence” against the president’s son in federal court, while Morris has poured millions into Biden’s legal fees and tax matters.

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Kevin Morris, Hunter Biden, Abe Lowell

Hunter Biden (center) and attorneys Abe Lowell (right) and Kevin Morris (left) arrive to attend the House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s consideration of “A Resolution to Recommend that the House of Representatives Find Robert Hunter Biden in Contempt of Congress,” Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in the Rayburn Building. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“Kevin is completely exhausted,” said a person close to Morris, a Hollywood entertainment lawyer who has become close with Hunter in recent years. I said in May.

Morris’s daughter Reportedly Hunter has spoken out recently about taking advantage of his father, who has often been seen accompanying Hunter during his trials and during his stays in California.

Recipients: Former New York Post editor-in-chief Emma Jo Morris, Marco Polo founder Garrett Ziegler, and Hunter Biden laptop critics

Emma Jo Morris, a former deputy political editor at the New York Post, was the first to publicly disclose the contents of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” in October 2020, which was filled with videos and photos of drug use, sex acts and sensitive business communications.

Despite being dismissed as “Russian disinformation” by Hunter Biden’s political allies in Congress and the media, the laptop was submitted as evidence by the federal government and used as a key piece of evidence in Hunter’s gun trial.

Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump aide who played a key role in Hunter Biden’s investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings, was sued by Hunter Biden last year for publishing the contents of his infamous laptop in an online database called Marco Polo.

Hunter appeared in court last week in his firearms trial in Delaware, where his wife, Melissa Cohen, lashed out at him, calling him a “son of a bitch” and telling him “you have no right to be here.”

“It’s sad that I’ve been sitting here all this time and not been able to get close to anybody,” Ziegler told NBC last week.

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U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and his son Hunter Biden (right) attend the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, Monday, April 1, 2024.

U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and his son Hunter Biden (right) attend the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, Monday, April 1, 2024. (Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Losers: Mainstream media, information community, and social media companies

The theory that Biden’s laptop was not real was quickly picked up by mainstream media as social media companies including Facebook began stifling the story ahead of the November election due to concerns about its authenticity.

These concerns were further heightened by a Politico article headlined “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinformation, dozens of former intelligence officials say.”

The article quoted a letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials who warned that the laptop “bears all the classic hallmarks” of Russian disinformation.

Fox News Digital recently reached out to all of the officials named in the letter to ask if they regretted signing it, and those who responded reiterated their position.

When asked by Fox News Digital if he regretted signing the laptop letter, James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, said, “No.”

James Clapper, Hunter Biden

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (left) and Hunter Biden (right). (Getty Images)

Winner: Judge Marie-Ellen Noreika

Judge Noreika of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, who was appointed by former President Trump, threw out Hunter Biden’s plea deal last year, which experts say is the only reason the president’s son’s case went to trial this year.

Biden was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to pay federal income tax as part of a plea deal to avoid prison time on the felony firearms charges.

Noreika did not accept the plea deal and questioned its constitutionality, particularly the diversion clause and the immunity Hunter Biden would enjoy.

The original plea deal appeared to fall apart after Noreika asked Special Counsel Weiss whether charges could be brought against Biden under FARA.

Responding to the move, CNN legal analyst Ellie Honig said the judge was the only one in the room who “performed his job properly.”

President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland (R) at the Medal of Valor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Washington, DC, USA. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Loser: President Biden’s relationship with Attorney General Merrick Garland

The Wall Street Journal Reported in September The source said Biden’s relationship with Garland was “totally frozen” and that Garland’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Biden family’s actions was motivated not by following the law but by “a meticulous desire to make it appear that a sensitive investigation was insulated from political pressure.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, some White House aides concluded after the plea deal collapsed last summer that “Mr. Garland mishandled the investigation.”

Fox News Digital’s Emma Colton and Hannah Panrec contributed to this report.