Hunter Biden has been accused of attempting to intimidate John Paul Mac Isaac after the Delaware computer repair shop owner sued the president’s son for defamation.
Hunter, 52, first came into contact with Mac Isaac in April 2019, when he left his laptop at his shop – and never returned to collect it.
The laptop has, since the eve of the 2020 election, been a source of fascination, with its incriminating photos of a drug-addled Hunter with prostitutes seized upon, and the wayward businessman’s communications and accounts pored over for evidence that Joe Biden was involved in suspect international deals.
Hunter in December hired veteran political lawyer Abbe Lowell, who previously represented Jared Kushner, and began fighting back.
Lowell accused Mac Isaac of illicitly accessing the laptop, and so on January 27 Mac Isaac sued, seeking $75,000 in damages in a defamation case.
On February 1, Lowell then wrote to the Justice Department and Delaware Attorney General, demanding Mac Isaac and others be prosecuted.
On Thursday, Mac Isaac’s attorney said he believed Hunter wants to criminally prosecute his client in order to enact revenge.
Brian Della Rocca (far right), a lawyer representing Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac (center), on Thursday night accused Hunter Biden of ‘intimidation’
Hunter, 52, has hired a new team of lawyers in an attempt to aggressively counter the reporting on the contents of his abandoned laptop
‘We finally tracked him down and we were able to serve him last week,’ said Brian Della Rocca, speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
‘And now all of a sudden, we see this.’
Della Rocca said the call to bring charges against Mac Isaac was directly linked to Mac Isaac suing Hunter.
‘He’s trying to intimidate. And it’s interesting to me that this happened when it did,’ Della Rocca told Carlson.
Della Rocca said that they hired a private investigator, who tracked Hunter down to Culver City, California and served him with the legal papers.
‘It was very difficult to find where he was,’ said Della Rocca.
Earlier on Thursday, Della Rocca told The New York Post that Hunter was ‘desperate’ in trying to blame others for his misadventures.
The store, founded by Mac Isaac in 2010, is now closed. It went under after reports of incriminating content on the laptop surfaced in October 2020
‘Hunter’s current actions are desperate attempts to continue to blame everyone else for his own actions,’ said Della Rocca.
He insisted that Mac Isaac was authorized to access the laptop, thanks to the document Hunter signed when he dropped it off in the Wilmington store.
Former Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac
‘When Hunter signed the work order, he gave authorization to John Paul to access the information on the laptop in order to recover the data,’ Della Rocca said.
‘The work order specifically says ‘recover data to store server and contact customer when complete.’
‘He could not recover the data without accessing it.’
And he said Hunter was told that he would forfeit the laptop if he failed to return to the store to collect it after three months.
‘The work order clearly explained that if any equipment was left in the shop for more than 90 days, it became abandoned and he agreed to hold The Mac Shop harmless for any damages or loss of property,’ said Della Rocca.
‘Once the property was abandoned, The Mac Shop became its owner.’
Lowell on Wednesday wrote to the Justice Department and Delaware attorney general saying they believed Mac Isaac broke the law.
Lowell also accused Rudy Giuliani – who was given a copy of Hunter’s laptop – and his lawyer Robert Costello, plus Steve Bannon, who also accessed the files.
Rudy Giuliani blasted ‘frivolous’ letters by Hunter Biden’s legal team targeting people who obtained or distributed Hunter’s infamous laptop
Lowell, in his letter to the attorney general, wrote that there is ‘considerable reason to believe [they] violated various Delaware laws in accessing, copying, manipulating, and/or disseminating Mr Biden’s personal computer data.
‘These unlawful actions caused the widespread publication, manipulation, and exploitation of Mr Biden’s most personal information, wrote Lowell.
Bryan M. Sullivan, another lawyer now representing Biden, sent a separate communication to Carlson and Fox News demanding that they correct falsehoods from his recent show or risk a possible defamation lawsuit.
Giuliani on Wednesday night said the law suit was nonsense.
‘This is a completely – I don’t know how to describe it. It’s unethical on the part of the lawyers, because it’s frivolous,’ he said, during a night-time podcast from West Palm Beach.
‘The complaint – that we should be investigated – is an attempt to get yet one more illegal investigation started by a Democrat inclined public officials.’
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not say whether people at the White House knew in advance about the new strategy, which comes amid GOP probes of Biden family members.
‘As far as that piece, I would refer you to the White House counsel office,’ she said.
‘And again, don’t have anything to add. This is something for his personal representatives to speak to,’ she said, when asked about it by DailyMail.com.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wouldn’t respond directly to a question about whether the White House knew in advance about Hunter Biden’s legal strategy
Jean-Pierre, who on Wednesday and in the past has repeatedly stressed efforts to avoid commenting on the Justice Department and investigations, was asked whether the lawyer letters from the president’s son constituted pressure on investigators.
‘I’m going to be pretty consistent, as I have been from this podium when it relates to that,’ she said.
‘That particular question that you’re asking me is one we have been asked for the last two years.
‘And I will say to you that that is something for Hunter Biden’s personal representative to speak to.
‘Just not going to speak to it from here.’
She referred the question to the White House counsel’s office.
‘And as it relates to the agencies, as you were asking me: Look, this is a president that believes in the independence of the Department of Justice.
‘He’s been very clear about that.
‘He believes that it should not be politicized – as he has said in the past.’
Hunter’s laptop contained dozens of intimate photos
Her comments came as the former chief of the White House ethics watchdog, Richard Painter, called for a ‘firewall’ between the White House and Hunter Biden’s growing team of lawyers.
Painter said Hunter Biden is a ‘private citizen, so he’s going to disclose whatever he has to disclose.’
But he told Fox News the first son is ‘probably going to get away with not disclosing any of it.’
‘Just like with these paintings he’s selling and he should be disclosing who’s buying the artwork, but he’s not,’ Painter added.
‘And it will probably follow the same approach to the legal defense fund.’
In May 2022, Mac Isaac filed a defamation suit against the then-House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, CNN, Politico and The Daily Beast, seeking damages of ‘at least $1 million’.
He argued that the outlets falsely said he was spreading Russian disinformation – which he says cost him his store, according to the New York Post.
He claims in the suit that Rep. Schiff defamed him in an interview two days after the Post – and later DailyMail.com – began publishing revelations from the laptop.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer at the time, Schiff said – without providing any evidence – that he believed ‘the Kremlin’ was behind ‘a smear campaign’ of both then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.
‘Well we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,’ he said.
‘That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the Vice President and his son.’
Mac Isaac now claims in his lawsuit that CNN knowingly broadcast the ‘false and defamatory story,’ which caused him significant damage including the closing of his laptop repair store.
He is also going after the Daily Beast, which claimed the laptop was ‘purloined’ in an article, as well as Politico, which reported that dozens of former intelligence officials believe the laptop was ‘Russian disinfo.’
The Daily Beast has since apologized.
John Paul Mac Isaac is suing House Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN, the Daily Beast and Politico in a defamation case seeking ‘at least $1 million’ in damages
According to the lawsuit, the Post reports, Mac Isaac was forced to close down his computer repair shop near the Biden family homes in Greenville, Delaware following the CNN report – when people started throwing eggs, vegetables and even dog feces at his door.
He then reportedly went into exile in Colorado for a year.
‘CNN’s broadcast of the false statement accuses the Plaintiff of committing an infamous crime, i.e., treason by working with the Russians to commit a crime against the United States of America by attempting to undermine American democracy an the 2020 Presidential election,’ the lawsuit states.
As a result, Della Rocca told the Post, ‘he has lost his business, friendships and his honorable standing in his community.
‘This lawsuit is to attempt to repair a small portion of that damage caused by the defendants in the suit,’ he continued.
‘We intend to show that their actions were intentionally malicious.’
Mac Isaac said at the time: ‘After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation.
‘This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI.
‘I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and more importantly, who gave the marching orders.’
He is being backed financially in his efforts by The America Project, a nonprofit founded by Trump loyalists Army Gen. Michael Flynn, his brother Joe Flynn and businessman Pat Byrne.