April 1, 2023

BEST DEFENSE: Hunter Biden’s legal strategy turns the tables on GOP

BEST DEFENSE: Hunter Biden's legal strategy turns the tables on GOP

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Hunter Biden has found himself the target of a series of right-wing smear campaigns, primarily for the great “crime” of being adjacent to the Democrat who beat Donald Trump for the presidency.

Now, he’s firing back, potentially pursuing a defamation case against a top right-wing media figure, and calling for investigations of key figures behind the laptop story.

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It starts with computer repair shop owner and (lately) right-wing author and political speaker Mac Isaac, who says Biden dropped off a laptop at his shop, which he later handed over to Donald Trump ally and sometimes-personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who with the help of media personalities and conspiracy network leaders like Tucker Carlson and Steve Bannon, disseminated to the world a series of conspiracy theories about the contents of the computer’s hard drive.

Biden is asking state and federal law enforcement to look into whether Isaac, Giuliani, and others violated laws including accessing and disseminating stolen property and revealing to the public restricted private information.

He also wants an investigation into whether those who spoke to Congressional panels about the laptop should be charged for making false statements to Congress.

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Meanwhile, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson has been given notice.

Biden’s attorneys warned him that if he doesn’t correct certain statements from one of his recent programs, he’ll face a lawsuit for defamation.

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“Hunter Biden’s lawyers also claim that he has been defamed by Fox News, in a story that Carlson aired in which he falsely said that Hunter Biden had paid $50,000 in “rent” to his father, a scheme that he suggested was being used to funnel money from father to son,” The Washington Post wrote.

In fact, while Carlson’s audience was left with the impression that the younger Biden had been paying $50k monthly rent to live in his politically-connected father’s home as a scheme to hide less-savory payments, WaPo explains that the rent payment was actually for office space and was only about a third of the claimed $50k payment.
Tucker told his audience that Biden had been paying $50k a month for housing, while also referencing the family’s home in Delaware. Then he pivoted to the “just asking questions” format he frequently uses to insinuate something to his Fox News audience without directly asserting it:
“Did Hunter Biden actually buy his father’s home in Delaware? Was he making rent payments to live there? Does that amount that he was paying refer to another property?”
In the time since that story, Carlson hasn’t kept Biden’s name out of his mouth, either.
Last week, for instance, he aired a segment claiming that Hunter had gained access to classified material through his father, who was then the Vice President.
We’ll soon see whether Hunter Biden’s newly aggressive legal strategy will keep his name out of Tucker Carlson’s mouth going forward.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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