(Daily Mail) 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.’