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Repairman who revealed Hunter Biden's laptop sues House Intelligence Committee head Adam Schiff, CNN, Politico and The Daily Beast
John Paul Mac Isaac, 45, is suing Adam Schiff, the leader of the House Intelligence Committee, CNN, Politico, and The Daily Beast. In his case, he argues that the sites wrongfully accused him of promoting Russian misinformation, costing him his job. Repair shop in Delaware
According to a recent story, the Delaware repairman who exposed Hunter Biden's laptop has filed a slander action against House Intelligence Committee head Adam Schiff, CNN, Politico, and The Daily Beast, claiming damages of 'at least $1 million.'
According to the New York Post, former shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, 45, filed the complaint in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Tuesday, saying that the outlets erroneously claimed he was disseminating Russian misinformation, which lost him his business.
Rep. Schiff defamed him in an interview two days after the Post - and then DailyMail.com - began publishing information from the laptop, he alleges in the lawsuit.
Schiff claimed - without offering any proof - that 'the Kremlin' was orchestrating a smear campaign against then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in an interview with Wolf Blitzer at the time.
'Well, we know that the Kremlin is behind this whole smear campaign against Joe Biden,' he continued.
'They've been promoting this bogus story about the Vice President and his son for well over a year now,' said the source.
In his case, Mac Isaac says that CNN deliberately broadcast the "false and defamatory report," which caused him severe harm, including the closure of his laptop repair business.
He's also suing the Daily Beast, which claimed in a piece that the laptop had been 'purloined,' and Politico, which said that scores of former intelligence officials think the laptop included 'Russian disinformation.'
Mac Isaac is now seeking 'at least $1 million in compensatory damages [and] punitive damages, which will be the larger sum and will be assessed at trial,' according to his attorney, Brian Della Rocca.
According to the complaint, Mac Isaac was compelled to close his computer repair shop near the Biden family's residences in Greenville, Delaware, when people began throwing eggs, vegetables, and even dog poo at his door after the CNN article.
He subsequently went into exile in Colorado for a year, according to reports.
'CNN's broadcast of the false statement accuses the Plaintiff of treason by collaborating with the Russians to commit a felony against the United States of America by seeking to destroy American democracy in the 2020 Presidential election,' according to the lawsuit.
'As a result, he has lost his business, acquaintances, and his respectable status in his community,' Della Rocca told the Post.
'This case is an attempt to restore a little amount of the harm that the defendants in the claim have inflicted,' he concluded. 'We seek to demonstrate that their conduct were maliciously intended.'
'After struggling to uncover the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a coordinated and coordinated attempt by social and mainstream media to prevent a genuine story with serious ramifications for the country,' Mac Isaac told the Washington Post.
'This was collusion led by 51 former pillars of the intelligence community, supported by the words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI,' he continued, adding, 'I want this case to uncover that collaboration and, more significantly, who provided the marching orders.'
The America Project, a group created by Trump supporters Army Gen. Michael Flynn, his brother Joe Flynn, and billionaire Pat Byrne, is supporting him financially.
'[We are] honored to support John Paul Mac Isaac in his fight against the injustice that has been done to him when the political elite collaborated with the leftist news media to claim the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation - which was a blatant lie,' the retired general told the Washington Post.
'The coordinated efforts of various parties to use their words as weapons are obvious through years of constant coverage, which resulted in a massive reaction against JP and the closure of his company.'
Hunter left the laptop at Mac Isaac's store in 2019 and never returned to recover it.
He subsequently handed it over to the FBI, and eight months later, Mac Isaac sent Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a copy of the hard drive.
Giuliani then allegedly released papers and images from the drive to the New York Post, as well as giving Trump adviser Steve Bannon and his podcast co-host Jack Maxey a full copy of the disk.
By the spring of 2021, DailyMail.com had engaged Brad Maryman and his business Maryman & Associates to examine the laptop, an expert who developed the FBI's cyber forensics team.
Their investigation revealed that the laptop was genuine. Over the course of the next year, DailyMail.com began to divulge its shady and potentially damaging material.
Maryman & Associates discovered a total of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, and more than 2,000 photographs on the hard drive using the same forensic methods used by federal and state law enforcement in criminal investigations.
Hunter was paid a $1 million retainer in 2017 to represent his business partner Patrick Ho, who was being pursued by the US government, according to records in those files.
CEFC wired the Biden family a total of $5 million, according to other papers.
Hunter's business ties with the Chinese may have also been influenced by the president, according to one shocking email.
Hunter planned to launch a new office for his multimillion-dollar joint venture with CEFC in the House of Sweden, a Georgetown facility that also houses the Swedish embassy, in September 2017.
'Please have keys made accessible for new office mates: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Jim Biden, Gongwen Dong,' he wrote to a building management (Chairman Ye CEFC emissary).
'I would want the Biden Foundation, Hudson West (CEFC US) to be reflected on the office sign.'
'We are ecstatic to welcome your new colleagues and are privileged to do so!' "Yes," said the manager.
Hunter Biden is the subject of a federal investigation into possible tax evasion, money laundering, and foreign lobbying offenses.
Several reputable newspapers, including President Biden, first assumed the laptop was Russian misinformation.
Biden claimed in a 60 Minutes interview just before the 2020 presidential election that he believes Giuliani was being utilized by Russia. Giuliani has marketed the laptop around various media sites seeking exposure.
'From what I've read and heard, the intelligence community alerted President Obama that Giuliani was being given Russian misinformation,' Biden added.
'We also know that Putin is making a concerted effort to disseminate false information about Joe Biden.'
'And so, when you put Russia, Giuliani, the president, together, that's exactly what you get.'
'It's a smear effort because he doesn't want to talk about anything.' What is it that he's running on? 'What is it that he's running on?'
Twitter also limited views to The New York Post's Biden piece, which was based on data retrieved from the laptop.
It was prohibited because it may have come from 'hacked materials,' according to the statement.
As a result of the accusation, Mac Isaac filed a $500 million lawsuit against Twitter.
He claimed that by invoking the "hacked materials prohibition," Twitter "created the belief among members of the community that [Isaac]: (1) committed a crime - hacking, (2) was subject to hatred, ridicule, contempt, or disgrace - threats of harm and negative business reviews; and (3) was injured to his trade or business as a result - closed his business."
According to Law and Crime, a court found in favor of Twitter and allowed its move to dismiss the complaint since neither The Post story nor Twitter publicly named Mac Isaac as the laptop's provider at the time.
Because his case was directed at Twitter's First Amendment right to control its own material, the court determined that it was "entitled to an award of attorney's fees and expenses."
According to the Post, Isaac's case cost him $175,000 in all.
AUTHENTICATING HUNTER'S LAPTOP
USAGAG commissioned cyber forensics experts at Maryman & Associates to examine the hard drive to determine its authenticity.
The firm's founder, Brad Maryman, was a 29-year veteran of the FBI, served as a Chief Information Security Officer and founded the bureau's cyber forensics unit. His partner, Dr. Joseph Greenfield, is an associate professor at the University of Southern California and helped write their degree program in intelligence and cyber operations.
After an extensive analysis of the hard drive, Greenfield and Maryman produced a report for DailyMail.com detailing their findings.
Using the same forensic tools as federal and state law enforcement in criminal investigations, they found a total of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails and more than 2,000 photos.
- They found emails for multiple accounts on the laptop dating back to 2009, and other data which 'appears to be related to Mr. Biden' between 2016 and 2019.
- The report's findings were consistent with the known timeline for the hard drive. A Wilmington, Delaware computer store work order with Hunter's signature shows he left his 2017 MacBook Pro laptop there on April 12, 2019.
- The Maryman & Associates report said the original 'Macintosh HD' drive was created on March 28, 2018
- Hunter's iCloud email address was added to the laptop's system on October 21 2018, as well as his work email at his firm Rosemont Seneca on February 2 2019.
- The same day, a Gmail address he used to log onto sex cam sites, and another personal Gmail address belonging to Hunter, were also added.
- Beau Biden's old Gmail account was added on February 7 2019.
- Emails addressed to Hunter's various email addresses dating from December 2009 to December 2020 were found on the system.
- An iPad with the name 'Hunter's iPad' and three email addresses associated with the Biden family was backed up on the laptop and on iCloud in January 2019 and again a month later.
- Greenfield found 818 call logs in this iPad backup with timestamps from June 2016 to February 2019.
- There were 8,942 entries in the iPad's contacts book, created between April 2016 and January 2019.
- In February 2019 an iPhone XS was also synced with the laptop. Its serial number was consistent with the timestamps of the data on the phone.
In conclusion, 'The operating system timestamps appear to be authentic, and no evidence was found to suggest that the timestamps or data were altered or manufactured,' the report said. 'No indications were found that would suggest the data was manufactured.'