Hunter Biden's lawyers on Wednesday admitted that the infamous laptop abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop does, indeed, belong to him.
The attorneys made the acknowledgment in a letter Wednesday asking the Department of Justice to investigate close allies of former President Donald Trump and others who accessed and disseminated personal data from the laptop, which Biden dropped off at a Wilmington computer repair shop in April 2019 and never returned to claim.
Shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac admitted to reviewing private and sensitive material from Biden's laptop, including a file titled "income.pdf" and sending a copy of the data to Rudy Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, who in turn shared it with Giuliani, a close ally of Trump's who at the time was pushing discredited theories about the Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
"This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation, and manipulation of Mr. Biden's private and personal information," Washington attorney Abbe Lowell wrote in the letter to the DOJ. "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."
Mac Isaac declined to comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Costello, asked to comment for himself and Giuliani, called the letter "a frivolous legal document" and said it "reeks of desperation because they know judgment day is coming for the Bidens."
Lowell in the letter asks prosecutors to investigate if any of the data was manipulated or tampered with.
"The actions described above more than merit a full investigation and, depending on the resulting facts, may merit prosecution under various statutes. It is not a common thing for a private person and his counsel to seek someone else being investigated, but the actions and motives here require it," Lowell said.
The letter accused Mac Isaac of "theft of computer services," and Giuliani of "possession of stolen property."
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