As we reported previously, John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer repair shop owner who wound up with Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, sued Hunter Biden for defamation in February. Mac Isaac’s lawyer, Brian Della Rocca, noted at the time that Biden’s attorneys appeared to be attempting to intimidate Mac Isaac.
Now they’re alleging that Hunter Biden’s lawyer is seeking a criminal investigation against Mac Isaac as a payback. “He’s trying to intimidate. And it’s interesting to me that this happened when it did,” Della Rocca told Tucker Carlson.
In his Answer to the defamation suit, filed Friday, Biden is including a counterclaim for invasion of privacy.
Hunter Biden has filed a countersuit against John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer repair shop owner who turned a laptop belonging to the president’s son over to authorities and members of the press.
The lawsuit claims that Isaac illicitly distributed Hunter Biden’s personal data and accuses him of six counts of invasion of privacy.
As we noted at the time of the defamation suit, Biden’s lawyers seemed to be struggling to assert that Biden was harmed by the dissemination of his data, while simultaneously maintain that the laptop in question might not be his. As Nick Arama wrote:
We previously reported on Thursday that Hunter Biden’s lawyers are trying to get more aggressive, calling on the DOJ and the Delaware attorney general to go after the people involved in spreading what they now claimed was Hunter Biden’s data. This was after folks on the left — including Joe Biden — have been arguing for two years it was Russian disinformation.
After Hunter’s lawyers made that announcement, they thereafter tried to clarify they weren’t admitting that the laptop left at the computer repair shop was his. At this point, it’s all a little late and more than a little funny that they are taking this posture.
In the counterclaim, linked below, Hunter Biden asserts he had a “more than reasonable expectation of privacy” regarding the laptop:
Mr. Biden had more than a reasonable expectation of privacy that any data that he created or maintained, and especially that which was the most personal such as photographs, videos, interactions with other adults, and communications with his family, would not be accessed, copied, disseminated, or posted on the Internet for others to use against him or his family or for the public to view.
The countersuit further challenges Mac Isaac’s contention that laptop became his property after 90 days.
Lawyers representing Hunter Biden have challenged Mac Isaac’s assertion that his failure to retrieve the laptop after 90 days granted the Delaware repairman its ownership.
“Contrary to Mac Isaac’s Repair Authorization form, Delaware law provides that tangible personal property is deemed abandoned,” the lawsuit explained. Rather, the legal team insists that Hunter Biden had rightful ownership to “assert or declare property rights to the property for a period of 1 year.”
In his prayer for relief, Biden asks the Court to enter judgment in his favor on Mac Isaac’s claim and the counterclaim, for an injunction requiring Mac Isaac any of Biden’s data to him, for compensatory damages, and for punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
Of course, this is essentially just the opening salvo from Hunter Biden’s team and a fairly standard response to a suit such as the one filed by Mac Isaac. The Court will likely entertain motions from the parties and then, assuming the claims are not dismissed, discovery will proceed. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall of those depositions?
Hunter Biden Counterclaim by Susie Moore on Scribd