Hunter Biden's new legal strategy belies years of contrary claims
Amid a new tactic that emerged last week from Hunter Biden's legal team, it appears that the embattled first son has decided to, in essence, contradict the representations on which many of his father's Democrat allies have staked their campaigns – and reputations – for more than two years, as The Federalist explains.
Turning ongoing claims of Russian disinformation and other nefarious explanations on their heads, Hunter Biden's lawyers this week appeared to admit that the infamous laptop computer abandoned at a Delaware repair shop was indeed his, after all, despite prior expressions of doubt about its provenance, as the New York Post noted.
According to the Daily Mail, Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Hunter Biden, sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for probes to be launched against Rudy Giuliani, a onetime lawyer for former President Donald Trump, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, and others.
In his communication, Lowell contended that the aforementioned individuals “violated various Delaware laws in accessing, copying, manipulating, and/or disseminating Mr. Biden's personal computer data” from the laptop.
The letter went on to say, “This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation, and manipulation of Mr. Biden's private and personal information.”
Referencing the Delaware computer repair shop proprietor specifically, Lowell said, “Mr. Mac Isaac's intentional, reckless, and unlawful conduct allowed for hundreds of gigabytes of Mr. Biden's personal data, without any discretion, to be circulated around the Internet.”
Now that – at least in the eyes of most fair-minded observers – the Hunter Biden camp has owned up to the computer's authenticity, the legions of Democrats and Democrat-aligned media figures who went out of their way for years to bolster prior arguments against that conclusion have been left to twist in the wind.
As The Federalist notes, one of the left-wing Biden allies who eagerly went out on a limb for Hunter was CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who, in declaring the computer to be Russian disinformation, stated, “I'm a journalist and a reporter, and I follow the facts. And there has never been any issues in terms of corruption” related to the Biden family.
David Frum of the Atlantic was even bolder in his dismissal of claims that the laptop was indeed Hunter's, stating in October 2020 that the computer story first reported by the New York Post was “obviously fake,” not to mention “bogus” and that those who disseminated it “were not dupes” but rather “accomplices.”
Never one to let truth get in the way of his narrative, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) – then of the House Intelligence Committee – also had no problem confidently proclaiming that the laptop was the work of Russia, telling CNN, “Clearly, the origins of this whole smear are from the Kremlin, and [Trump] is only happy to have Kremlin help in trying to amplify it.”
Though Lowell later attempted a bit of a walk-back of what most viewed as an admission that the laptop belonged to Hunter Biden, as Fox News noted, by and large, his effort at clarification was too little, too late for many.
Journalist Miranda Devine of the Post was quick to point out what Lowell's letter to the Justice Department truly revealed, saying, “Hunter Biden admits infamous laptop is his. Not Russian disinformation, not a 'plant' as his father and 51 dishonest former intel officials pretended.
Outkick founder and radio host Clay Travis opined, “So Hunter Biden is not admitting, after three years, that everything on the laptop is real? Bold strategy. Especially after Democrats & their media allies spent years arguing Hunter's laptop was Russian disinformation.”
Slamming the apparent about-face on the laptop that Lowell's letter represents was former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who said, “You have literally had the Bidens lie about it – Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the Biden administration, Biden White House officials, the Democratic party, Democratic politicians, the left leaning media.” But apparently, the first son had no qualms about discarding that loyalty once it no longer served his immediate interests.