Hunter Biden still denies infamous laptop is his but says he was ’embarrassed’ by its photos of him using drugs and partying nude
- Portions of Hunter’s deposition in a civil suit were released on Thursday
- He appears to give conflicting responses regarding his abandoned laptop
- Denies the laptop is his, but says its scandalous contents were embarrassing
Hunter Biden continues to deny that the infamous abandoned laptop is actually his, though he admits to being embarrassed by its content, according to newly published excerpts from his deposition in a civil suit.
Portions of the deposition were included in a motion filed by computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac in Delaware court on Thursday, as part of counter-claims between Mac Isaac and the president’s son.
Mac Isaac is suing Hunter for defamation, over his claim that the laptop he dropped off for repair in April 2019 is not his, or was hacked or stolen, while Hunter is countersuing Mac Isaac for invasion of privacy.
In their motion seeking the dismissal of Hunter’s action, Mac Isaac’s attorneys write that Hunter’s ‘confused and dishonest responses prove fatal to all facts alleged in his counterclaims,’ according to the New York Post.
In the deposition, Hunter refused to admit that he visited The Mac Shop in Wilmington, Delaware twice in April 2019, despite Mac Isaac presenting evidence that he signed a work order and shared his contact information.
Still, Hunter claimed in his deposition that he was ’embarrassed’ by publication of material from the laptop that would be ‘highly offensive to a reasonable person,’ according to the Post.
Mac Isaac’s attorneys argued that much of the laptop material that would most offend a reasonable person was ‘voluntarily shared by [Hunter] Biden with others through the website, ‘Pornhub.”
Information from the laptop indicated that Hunter uploaded homemade pornographic videos to Pornhub under the alias ‘Harper’ although he was careful not to show his face, DailyMail.com previously reported.
‘The use of the ‘reasonable person’ standard should clearly not apply to Biden,’ wrote Mac Isaac’s attorneys. ‘It seems what would embarrass a reasonable person does not embarrass Biden.’
Hunter in the deposition refused to acknowledge that the laptop was his, either denying it outright or saying he didn’t recall, according to the filing.
In addition to lurid content related to Hunter’s sex life and admitted drug addiction, the laptop also contained information about his foreign business dealings in Ukraine and China while his father was vice president.
Those foreign business dealings are under investigation by Special Counsel David Weiss, and are also the focus of probes started by House Republicans in Congress.
Mac Isaac’s longstanding assertion is that Hunter dropped off the laptop on April 12, 2019 and never returned for it, despite numerous emails and phone messages.
The repairman says that he took possession of the laptop under the terms of the repair agreement, and contacted the FBI after finding material on the device that he suspected could be evidence of illegal activity.
The factual dispute is complicated by the fact that Mac Isaac is legally blind, and cannot identify Hunter by sight as the person who dropped off the laptop — though the repairman says the signed work order is proof of his customer’s identity.
In Congressional testimony, IRS supervisory agent Gary Shapley said that the FBI had verified the authenticity of the laptop as early as November 2019 by matching the device ID to Hunter’s iCloud account.
Separately, Hunter faced fresh legal woes in his criminal case this week, after prosecutors said in a court filing on Wednesday they will seek an indictment in his tax and firearms case by September 29.
The president’s son had reached a deal that would have allowed him to avoid trial for the firearms charges if he abided by parole conditions over 24 months.
But now charges that could land him up to 10 years in prison appear to be back on the table, according to a Wednesday filing signed by Special Counsel David Weiss.
‘The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest,’ the filing read.
‘The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date,’ added Special Counsel David Weiss, who was appointed to the role by Attorney General Merrick Garland in August.
In July, US District Judge Maryellen Noreika rejected a proposed plea deal that would have resolved the tax and gun charges, raising concerns over its legality and the broad immunity it offered Hunter.