Hunter Biden Laptop Repairman Sues CNN & Adam Schiff for Defamation
Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac files lawsuit
The Delaware computer repairman who first obtained Hunter Biden's infamous "Laptop from Hell" is suing CNN, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and others for defamation.
Joe Biden's son famously abandoned his laptop at John Paul Mac Isaac's Delaware computer repair shop.
After Hunter refused to collect the computer or pay his repair bill in April 2019, Mac Isaac became the laptop's legal owner and he handed copies of its hard drive over to the FBI and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani after becoming concerned about the material he found on it.
In the wake of the scandal, Mac Isaac has become the target of smear campaigns, which have cost him his former business and his reputation.
After losing his business, Mac Isaac filed suit for his negative treatment by the media and Big Tech, the New York Post reported.
Hunter Biden’s laptop has been confirmed to contain several files disclosing his foreign business dealings.
After the reports about Hunter's laptop reached the public, Mac Isaac said his business had been ruined.
The former repair shop owner filed the suit in Montgomery County, Maryland, claiming Schiff and CNN defamed him in an interview two days after the New York Post began publishing reports on the laptop.
The lawsuit also names Politico and The Daily Beast as defendants.
His lawyer, Brian Della Rocca, said his client is seeking at least $1 million in compensatory damages and an unspecified larger amount in punitive damages.
“After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation,” he told the Post.
“This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI.”
Mac Isaac then accused Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, of lying about the story during appearances on CNN to protect Biden’s father, Joe Biden, in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, the outlet reported.
“Without any intel, the head of the intel committee decided to share with CNN and its viewers a complete and utter lie,” he said.
“A lie issued in the protection of a preferred presidential candidate.”
Schiff told host Wolf Blitzer that he believed the Kremlin was behind the laptop story, which Mac Isaac said was stated to push a “false narrative.”
"Well we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” Schiff told Blitzer, according to the suit.
"That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the Vice President and his son."
The intel chairman also accused Trump of assisting the Kremlin in a “propaganda coup” by touting reports of the laptop in 2020.
He also accused CNN of knowingly reporting a “false and defamatory story” of Mac Issac working alongside the Russians in an attempt to “undermine American democracy,” according to the outlet.
He further filed suit against Politico and the Daily Beast for two articles spreading misinformation about him.
The Daily Beast claimed the laptop was “purloined” in the article “FBI Examining Hunter’s Laptop as Foreign Op, Contradicting Trump’s Intel Czar,” according to the Post.
Politico reported that several intel officials believe the story to be “Russian disinformation.”
He then told the Post Twitter labeled his actions “hacking,” leading him to receive a large number of death threats and hate mail being accused of being a hacker, thief, and criminal, the outlet reported.
He attempted to sue the platform for $175,000 last year but lost.
The repair shop closed down after people threw excrement, eggs, and food at the building, forcing him to flee to Colorado for a whole year, the Post reported.
"He has lost his business, friendships, and his honorable standing in his community,” his lawyer said, according to the Post.
"This lawsuit is to attempt to repair a small portion of that damage caused by the defendants in the suit …
"We intend to show that their actions were intentionally malicious.”