The First Son, who has still not explicitly admitted to ever possessing the laptop or dropping it off at the Delaware store, filed a countersuit against Mac Isaac Friday morning, whose own lawsuit filed last year accuses Hunter of defamation for saying he had illegally obtained the information on the laptop, reports the Washington Post.
"This is not an admission by Mr. Biden that Mac Isaac (or others) in fact possessed any particular laptop containing electronically stored data belonging to Mr. Biden," Hunter's filing states. "Rather, Mr. Biden simply acknowledges that at some point, Mac Isaac obtained electronically stored data, some of which belonged to Mr. Biden."
According to Mac Isaac, who also named CNN, Politico, the Biden campaign, and Rep. Adam Schiff in his own suit, the contents of the laptop legally came into his possession when Hunter abandoned it.
The tech repairman has cited a signed receipt that notified the owner that their device would be forfeited if not picked up within 90 days, but Hunter's attorneys say this is still illegal. As the Post reports, Delaware law states that personal property can only be deemed abandoned after one year, and that other steps must be taken before claiming it, such as posting public notices and asking the owner to retrieve it.
"And contrary to Mac Isaac's claim that property left in his shop is abandoned property after 90 days, he admits in his recently published book and in other media appearances that he actually began accessing what he claims he had in his possession as Mr. Biden's data long before 90 days had expired from when he claims any property or data was left in his shop," the lawsuit says.
"In fact, the Repair Authorization form states that the Mac Shop will make every effort to 'secure your data,'" the document continued. "Reputable computer companies and repair people routinely delete personal data contained on devices that are exchanged, left behind, or abandoned. They do not open, copy, and then provide that data to others, as Mac Isaac did here."
According to Hunter, he didn't remember dropping off the laptop, but he conceded that his memory was not the best when he was in an active drug addiction, which was documented in images and messages found on the device.
In the 42-page filing, Hunter's attorneys detailed how their client's sensitive communications and nude photos became public, and attempted to reframe the story to look at him as a private citizen whose privacy was allegedly invaded rather than an influence-peddler.
The contents of the laptop, obtained and published by the New York Post in October 2020, dug into emails that revealed how Hunter introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, "to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company."
The publication also exposed how the elder Biden's name was mentioned prominently in an October 2017 email seeking to firm up a controversial, multimillion-dollar deal to ship natural gas from the US to China."
The countersuit also complains of Mac Isaac's admittance to distributing copies of the laptop's hard drive to multiple people, including his father Richard Mac Isaac, his uncle Ronald J. Scott Jr., and Robert Costello, an attorney for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Former Steve Bannon "War Room" researcher Jack Maxey reportedly delivered the contents of the drive from Giuliani to The Post.
"Mr. Biden gave none of the individuals identified in this counterclaim permission to access, copy, disseminate, post or otherwise distribute any of his data, however, they came into possession of it," the filing says.
"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 argues. "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."
Hunter, whose team has previously sent criminal referrals and cease-and-desist orders to various people involved in the distribution of the laptop data, is now "seeking a jury trial to determine any compensatory and punitive damages," the Washington Post reported.
"The suit also asks the court to require Mac Isaac and others to return any copies, or partial copies, of any data belonging to the president's son."
"Mr. Biden had more than a reasonable expectation of privacy that any data that he created or maintained, and especially that which was the most personal such as photographs, videos, interactions with other adults, and communications with his family, would not be accessed, copied, disseminated, or posted on the Internet for others to use against him or his family or for the public to view," his attornies said.
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