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Hunter Biden: Controversial Laptop 'Absolutely' Could Be Mine

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Hunter Biden arrives before then-President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (WIN MCNAMEE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 02 April 2021 11:36 AM

Hunter Biden admitted the laptop at the center of last year's controversy involving President Joe Biden and a Ukraine energy company "absolutely" could be his.

The president's son was asked "yes or no" if the MacBook Pro dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019 was his, during an interview with CBS's "Sunday Morning."

"I really don't know what the answer is, that's the truthful answer," Hunter Biden said in an excerpt of the interview released Friday, before adding, "I have no idea."

Asked if the laptop could have belonged to him, he replied, "Absolutely."

"Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me," Biden added. "It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me."

Hunter Biden sat for a rare media appearance while promoting his new memoir, "Beautiful Things," out April 6, the New York Post reported.

During the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race between Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, the Post reported there were emails showing evidence of a possible meeting between Hunter Biden, his then-vice president father, and Ukrainian energy firm linked to corruption. Joe Biden denied the meeting described took place.

The emails revealed Hunter Biden introduced a top Burisma executive to his father less than a year before the elder Biden admittedly pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor investigating the company.

The Post said it had received a copy of a laptop hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani, then a lawyer for Trump. Giuliani claimed he obtained the hard drive from the repair shop.

The meeting, never previously mentioned, was cited in a message of appreciation that a Burisma board adviser sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015.

The water-damaged MacBook Pro was dropped off for repair at a Delaware computer shop in April 2019, but the individual who dropped it off never returned to pick it up.

The laptop, which bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, was seized by the FBI in December 2019.

The Post said other emails on the laptop showed Hunter Biden discussing potential business deals with China's largest private energy company.

The laptop also housed highly personal photos and recordings, including an explicit, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter Biden smoking crack, and engaged in sex acts with an unidentified woman. He has struggled with addiction in the past.

In September, Senate Republicans released findings of an investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. They said the Obama administration ignored "glaring warning signs" when the then-vice president's son joined the Burisma board despite having no energy experience. He was paid "as much as $50,000 per month" by the company.

The report said Hunter Biden's position with the reportedly corrupt company "created an immediate potential conflict of interest" because his father was involved in U.S. policy toward Ukraine.

Joe Biden often has defended his son, including during his first debate with Trump, who repeatedly referenced Hunter Biden's discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve for testing positive for cocaine.

"My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem," Joe Biden said. "He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it, and I'm proud of him. I'm proud of my son."

"Beautiful Things" is published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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