Hunter Biden's history of drug use on display during federal gun trial

Prosecutors are trying to lay out evidence that Biden's drug use was ongoing when he allegedly lied about it on a federal form to purchase a firearm in 2018.
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Posted at 8:18 AM, Jun 05, 2024

Hunter Biden's personal life is on full display during his federal gun trial.

From his prior drug use to infidelity, the prosecution is laying out its case as it tries to prove Biden lied about illegally using drugs on a federal form to purchase a firearm in 2018.

Kathleen Buhle, who was married to Biden from 1993 to 2017, testified that she confronted her then-husband in 2015 after finding a crack pipe at their D.C. home. She told the courtroom that the pair went to therapy after the incident.

She also stated that she would find drugs and drug paraphernalia in his cars while they were together, saying she would clear them before their daughters got inside the vehicles. She also said she never saw Biden using drugs.

Buhle also spoke about the pair's separation, noting that it happened after she found out about his infidelity.

Zoe Kestan, who was briefly involved with Biden in 2017 and 2018, took the stand after Buhle was excused.

She stated that they met at a strip club when Biden requested a private dance from her. She said she did not know who he was at the time.

During the dance, Kestan stated that Biden was holding a pipe, but she didn't know what it was, describing the smell as unusual.

After that night, Kestan said the pair went their separate ways, but reconnected months later. It was at that time, she said, that Biden was smoking crack frequently. She said he told her at one point that she was a "distraction" from smoking.

In the remainder of her testimony, Zoe highlighted that she didn’t see Biden around the time of the gun purchase.

The former gun store worker who sold Biden the firearm also testified on Tuesday. Gordon Cleveland said Biden chose a .38 Special Colt Cobra before filling out the federal gun purchase form. Cleveland said Biden never inquired about the form.

First lady Jill Biden supported her stepson in court for the third day in a row Wednesday. She was joined by Biden’s wife, Melissa Cohen Biden. On Tuesday, Hunter Biden's sister Ashley Biden was also in attendance, and at times became emotional.

The prosecution is expected to call at least 10 witnesses to the stand throughout the trial.

The trial could last as long as two weeks.