The owner of the computer repair shop who was thrust into the spotlight over the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story broken by the New York Post just before the 2020 presidential election filed a defamation lawsuit in a Delaware court on Monday, naming several high-profile figures and news outlets as defendants.
Margot Cleveland of the Federalist reports that John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of the Mac Shop, has filed suit against Hunter Biden, the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), CNN and Politico for defamation, civil conspiracy and civil aiding and abetting.
The lawsuit involves the many accusations made in October and early November 2020 that the laptop story, which implicated Hunter Biden in immoral and sometimes illegal behavior, was “Russian disinformation,” lies created to prevent then-candidate Joe Biden from winning the White House.
On the debate stage, Joe Biden famously asserted: “There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what [Donald Trump’s] accusing me of is a Russian plant. Five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except his good friend Rudy Giuliani.”
Schiff later appeared on CNN and insisted that “we know that this whole [laptop] smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin.”
However, a few months later, after President Biden was inaugurated, outlets who had previously denied that the laptop story may have been legitimate began to change their stance, even as Hunter Biden himself claimed that he did not know whether the laptop was even his.
“There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me,” Hunter told CBS News. “It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”
Isaac alleges in the suit that the accusations of Russian disinformation have had a catastrophic effect on both his business and personal life.
The defendants suggested that Isaac “committed an infamous crime, i.e., treason and/or other crimes against the United States of America by participating in a Russian attempt to undermine American democracy and the 2020 Presidential election,” the lawsuit states. And Isaac has suffered continual “distrust, scorn, ridicule, hatred, and contempt” from others as a result.
Isaac claims that each defendant knew that allegations of “Russian disinformation” were false and yet spread them anyway. He had already filed, and then withdrew, a similar suit against Schiff, CNN, Politico and The Daily Beast in a Maryland court earlier this year. He later reached an undisclosed settlement with The Daily Beast.
Cleveland believes that this new case in Delaware “proves promising” and gives three reasons for her optimism.
First, several outlets have since authenticated the laptop. “Now that the world has a better understanding of the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop story, it is clear that there was a concerted effort to kill the story by defaming John Paul and others,” said Della Rocca, Isaac’s attorney.
Cleveland also noted that bringing a suit against both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden’s campaign could help uncover any attempts by the Biden family to convince media outlets to damage or discredit the story in fall 2020. Cleveland hopes that the suit may unearth attempts by federal agents or Democratic operatives to spin the story as “Russian disinformation” to the media, particularly Big Tech.
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