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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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?”