Hunter Biden finally outright admitted that infamous laptop that was never picked up from a repair shop does belong to him, and threatened to sue Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for making “false” statements.
In a total reversal, the first son went on the offensive against his conservative enemies for attempting to “weaponize” the laptop’s data against President Joe Biden, on Wednesday night.
In a series of letters to the Department of Justice, IRS, and the Delaware attorney general, Biden’s lawyers called for investigations into computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, Rudy Giuliani, and Steve Bannon amongst others.
Hunter’s legal team alleged “there is considerable reason to believe violated various Delaware laws in accessing, copying, manipulating, and/or disseminating Mr. Biden’s personal computer data.”
Mac Issac’s lawyer said he hadn’t had “much” opportunity to review the letters, but upon skimming them, “the only thing I see is a privileged person hiring yet another high-priced attorney to redirect attention away from his own unlawful actions.”
The aggressive strategy change comes as the walls are closing in around the first son, in the form of federal criminal investigations and upcoming inquisitions by GOP members of the House.
Mac Issac himself doesn’t seem concerned about Hunter’s new tactic.
“I think with Congress starting investigations next week, it’s a scare tactic,” he told the New York Post. “The flak is heaviest when you are over the target!”
Under Mac Issac’s own policy, he became the owner of the laptop ninety days after Hunter failed to retrieve it, and has a signed contact to back his claim to the property up.
Mac Issac came into possession of the laptop in April of 2019, and it was seized by the FBI in December of the same year.
“This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation, and manipulation of Mr. Biden’s private and personal information,” wrote Hunter’s lawyer Abbe Lowell.
Giuliani’s spokesman, Ted Goodman, maintained that the laptop was “abandoned property” that was in Mac Issac’s possession.
“Raising concerns now, after so many years, indicates just how devastating the texts and videos from Hunter’s laptop truly are,” Goodman said.
“It’s an obvious attempt to silence America’s Mayor, a man who took down the mafia.”
Hunter has long asserted that he had no knowledge of the laptop’s existence.
“There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me,” he remarked in a 2021 interview.
“It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the – that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”
Lowell maintains that the letters his team sent on Wednesday “do not confirm Mac Isaac’s or others’ versions of a so-called laptop.”
“They address their conduct of seeking, manipulating and disseminating what they allege to be Mr. Biden’s personal data, wherever they claim to have gotten it,” he commented.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson received a letter of his own on Wednesday, one which threatened legal action if he didn’t dedicate part of his show to retracting “defamatory” statements about Hunter paying rent to the president.
“What Mr. Carlson implied was essentially a money laundering scheme to finance President Biden’s lifestyle prior to his election,” the letter began.
“And alluding to Mr. Biden having unauthorized access to classified documents because of his presence at President Biden’s house.”
The cease and desist notice alleged that Fox News encouraged Carlson to continue to spread the “rent” story, after other conservative outlets retracted their original statements.
A 2018 background check form, discovered on the infamous laptop, stated that Hunter both owned the president’s Delaware home where classified documents were found, and paid nearly $50k in rent a month.
In his Jan. 16 broadcast Carlson noted that both Hunter and his father claimed to own the same house, and that the document listed it as his primary residence.
“On the form, Hunter Biden claims he’s paying nearly $50,000 a month in housing costs. $50,000 a month. Where’d that money come from?” The letter quoted Carlson.
“You wouldn’t think Hunter Biden would be able to earn that kind of money at the time, this is pre‐laptop. But Hunter Biden had already been thrown out of the U.S. Navy for cocaine use,” the Fox News host continued.
“He’d already abandoned a rental car with a crack pipe inside along with his I.D. He had already left his wife for his sister‐in‐law,” Tucker cracked.
Carlson asked how “a disgraced drug addict with no job skills” could afford that kind of monthly rent, and questioned who was paying him and how much they were shilling out.
The origin of the background check document was eventually revealed to be another Biden family favor that Hunter was trying do for his convicted criminal cousin, Caroline Biden, who needed a California address to serve her parole in the state.
Hunter’s lawyers have demanded that Carlson spend “a significant of amount of airtime” dedicated to a retraction, and that he and Fox News provide written confirmation that they will comply with the letter’s demands by the close of business on Thursday.
Tune in to Tucker Carlson Tonight to see how the Fox News host handles Hunter’s legal notice.