Hunter hits back: President’s son sues laptop repairman for invasion of privacy and claims he had no right to share the hard drive as investigation into first family heats up
- Hunter Biden has sued the owner of the Wilmington computer repair store for invasion of privacy over the distribution of the content from his laptop
- Lawyers for the first son filed a countersuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Delaware against storekeeper John Paul Mac Isaac
- Lawyers argued that the only purpose of distributing Biden’s information was to ’cause harm and embarrassment’
Hunter Biden has sued the owner of the Wilmington computer repair store for invasion of privacy, after he turned over the contents of Biden’s laptop to allies of former President Donald Trump.
John Paul Mac Isaac had previously sued Biden, but in a counterclaim filed Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Delaware, lawyers for the first son said the shopkeeper had no legal right to copy and distribute private information.
Lawyers for Hunter Biden requested a jury trial to determine damages and asked that Mac Isaac return any data belonging to President Joe Biden’s son.
‘As a result of Mac Isaac’s unlawful agreement and his conspiracy with others, Mr. Biden’s personal data was made available to third parties and then ultimately to the public at large, which is highly offensive, causing harm to Mr. Biden and his reputation,’ the suit said. ‘The object of invading Mr. Biden’s privacy and disseminating his data was not for any legitimate purpose but to cause harm and embarrassment to Mr. Biden.’
The suit comes after Mac Isaac sued Biden last year, charging he had been defamed by the first son’s claims that that the repair shop owner had illegally accessed his data.
Hunter Biden has sued the owner of the Wilmington computer repair store for invasion of privacy, after he turned over the contents of Biden’s laptop to allies of former President Donald Trump
Mac Isaac contends that Biden abandoned the laptop at the Wilmington shop, and thus it became his property.
Mac Isaac also sued CNN, Politico, the Biden campaign and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who previously chaired the House Intelligence Committee.
The laptop’s contents have become an embarrassment for President Joe Biden’s White House, with images and videos showing Hunter Biden using drugs and having sexual romps.
The contents have also piqued the interest of Republican Congressional investigators, who are looking into Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals with partners in Ukraine and China.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, has said his investigation is into ‘Biden family influence peddling.’
On Thursday, Comer’s committee released information that said that Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow who dated Hunter after Beau’s death, received a cut of $3 million in cash from China.
As those probes have heated up, the legal team surrounding Hunter Biden has gone on the offensive.
Last month, Biden’s lawyer Abbe Lowell asked the Department of Justice to probe former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, campaign lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani’s lawyer and Mac Isaac.
Using passages from Mac Isaac’s book, American Injustice: My Battle to Expose the Truth, Lowell noted that the repair man sent a copy of the laptop data to Giuliani’s lawyer Robert Costello, who turned it over to the ex-mayor, who at the time was pushing discredited theories about the younger Biden.
From there, Giuliani pitched the laptop story to a reporter at the New York Post – which broke the story in October 2020 – and to Bannon, the letter said.
Hunter Biden never consented to having his personal information shared, Lowell argued.
‘This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation and manipulation of Mr. Biden’s private and personal information,’ the letter said. ‘Politicians and the news media have used this unlawfully accessed, copied, distributed, and manipulated data to distort the truth and cause harm to Mr. Biden.’
The letter was the first time Hunter Biden has acknowledged it was his data that was found and distributed to members of the news media.