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Hunter Biden to Face Witnesses Including Ex-Wife, Sister-in-Law in Upcoming Gun Trial

 May 22, 2024

Hunter Biden's gun trial is set to begin on June 3, with his ex-wife and former lovers expected to testify about his drug use during the period in which he purchased a handgun.

The trial involves allegations that Hunter Biden lied on a federal background check form by denying his drug addiction when purchasing a firearm, and key individuals from his past are set to offer potentially damning testimony, as the New York Post reports.

Hunter Biden is facing charges initiated by special counsel David Weiss, who indicted him in September on three felony counts.

These charges stem from a 2018 incident where Hunter allegedly falsely claimed he was not an addict on a federal background check form to purchase a handgun. Crack cocaine was later found in the gun’s pouch, adding to the complexity of the case.

Witnesses to Speak on Hunter's Drug Use

Three key witnesses will take the stand: Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his former lovers, Hallie Biden and Zoe Kestan. Their testimonies are expected to shed light on his substance abuse issues during the time he bought the gun.

Kathleen Buhle, who divorced Hunter in April 2017, reportedly found crack pipes in the family car and discarded drugs multiple times. Kestan testified that Hunter smoked crack cocaine frequently during their nine-month relationship in 2018. She recalled visiting him in November 2018, after he had spent time at a wellness center.

Gun Disposal Incident

Hallie Biden, Hunter’s sister-in-law-turned-lover, disposed of Hunter’s gun in a trash can outside a Wilmington supermarket just days after he bought it. This incident led to a confrontation, with Hunter expressing anger in a message, referring to the FBI's involvement and questioning Hallie's actions.

Hallie attempted to support Hunter in his struggles with addiction, even searching his belongings for drugs. However, their relationship was strained by his continued drug use and the chaotic events surrounding the gun's disposal.

Text Messages Reveal Struggles

Text messages obtained by prosecutors provide evidence of Hunter's admission to drug use during the gun purchase period. On Oct. 14, 2018, Hunter messaged Hallie confessing to smoking crack while living on the streets. Despite his claims that a photo of him with a pipe was staged and that it was actually a meth pipe, the text messages suggest otherwise.

In December 2018, Hunter admitted to Hallie in a message that he was a severe addict. He expressed frustration with her attempts to help him get sober, pointing out his continuous struggle with addiction.

Hunter's Memoir and Public Reports Confirm Witnesses

Details about the witnesses surfaced through public reports and Hunter's memoir, Beautiful Things, where he admits his battle with addiction. Hunter’s communications reveal a complex mix of self-awareness and denial about his substance abuse.

Weiss seeks to provide a comprehensive picture of Hunter’s state of mind during the gun purchase. The testimonies from Buhle, Hallie, and Kestan are expected to be key elements of the prosecution’s case.

Additional Law Enforcement Testimonies

DEA Supervisory Special Agent Joshua Romig and FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen will also testify. Their involvement indicates the depth of the investigation into Hunter’s actions and the seriousness of the charges he faces.

If convicted, Hunter could face up to 25 years in prison. Despite the evidence against him, Hunter has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Prosecutors may introduce additional text message evidence if his defense suggests he was unaware of his actions due to his addiction.


The upcoming trial puts a spotlight on Hunter Biden’s struggles with addiction and its far-reaching consequences. As witnesses such as Buhle, Hallie Biden, and Kestan prepare to testify, their accounts will likely provide pivotal insights into Hunter’s life and actions during the tumultuous period in 2018.

The trial of Hunter Biden, on charges related to his alleged false statements on a firearm purchase background check and the discovery of crack cocaine, is set to be a critical legal and personal battle.

Testimonies from close family members and partners, alongside law enforcement officials, will play a crucial role in the proceedings, highlighting Hunter’s struggle with addiction and the events leading up to his indictment.