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Hunter Biden guilty verdict could take personal toll on president

The political impact is less clear, as even some Republicans dismiss the legal violation as a minor offense

Hunter Biden's guilty verdict Tuesday, coupled with a trial that resurfaced dark moments in the Biden family history, could weigh heavily on the president in the final months of a grueling reelection campaign, many of the president's allies privately worry.

The political impact is less clear, and even some Republicans on Tuesday dismissed Hunter's offense - lying on a gun purchase form six years ago - as relatively minor. GOP leaders still hope the verdict paints the Bidens as lawbreakers and offsets Donald Trump's own criminal conviction. Democratic strategists argued, meanwhile, that voters are unlikely to hold the president accountable for his son's behavior.

But the personal toll on a president who has already suffered the deaths of two children and grappled for years with his son's addiction could be far more severe.


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