The Delaware computer repair shop owner at the center of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal says his father was warned by an FBI agent to “lawyer up” when he first tried to hand the device over to authorities more than a year ago.
In an interview with Just the News, John Paul Mac Isaac said he was taken aback by the FBI’s initial reaction when first offered the contents of the laptop in September 2019.
“He had the copy of the drive as well as the copy of the signed authorization,” Isaac said of his father, whom he had asked to deliver the device to the bureau.
“So that if there was a legal question on how this was obtained, here’s a document that proves it. And the FBI agent that he spoke to refused to give his name and then said you better lawyer up and get out of my office,” Isaac told the outlet.
(Source: Just the News)
He said about a month later, an FBI agent based in Delaware and who specialized in child exploitation crimes contacted him and seized the laptop after first obtaining a subpoena from a grand jury. But even at that time, Isaac said he got the impression the bureau did not seem at all interested in the laptop’s contents.
“They really didn’t show an interest in any of the money,” he said. “They were more interested in why I was afraid, and not necessarily what was on the on the drive.”
“We sat down and the first thing they asked me was if I had seen any child pornography, and you know, I’m not wanting to look at another man’s porn,” Isaac explained to Just the News. “So I generally wasn’t, it wasn’t what I was looking for. When I sat down to look for stuff, I really focused in on Ukraine. What I casually saw when I was doing the data transfer, sure, there was porn.”
“Then they asked why I was concerned,” he noted further. “So they never brought up money laundering at all, which that seems kind of odd. But they wanted to hear my concerns. I explained to them that there’s powers foreign and domestic that are involved. There’s a lot of money involved. Somebody, someday is going to look for this.”
The New York Post was the first to report on some of the laptop’s contents just weeks before the Nov. 3 election after being given a copy of the device’s hard drive by former President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
“Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images,” the Post reported at the time, adding that emails and other materials suggested that Hunter Biden utilized his father’s influence to make lucrative deals in Ukraine, Russia, and China.
Subsequent evaluations of the hard drive’s contents confirmed those early Post reports, though other outlets downplayed the initial reports and suggested that the laptop’s contents were part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed those allegations, however, saying U.S. intelligence agencies found no evidence of Russian involvement.
Hunter Biden has regularly denied allegations surrounding the laptop, though Isaac told Just the News he is certain that Biden was the person who dropped off the device in 2019 and then failed to pick it up months later.
“I have no doubt in my mind,” Isaac, who is visually impaired, told the outlet. “Probably about within 30 minutes of performing the data transfer, I had been able to verify that the person that was in the shop was indeed the person that was on the computer and the owner of the computer.”
He added that after 90 days, per a signed repair agreement, the laptop became his property. When the allotted time passed and no one had returned for the device, he began to examine its contents and was shocked by what he found.
“Obviously by that time during the summer, Ukraine was in the conversation,” he explained. “So I had remembered seeing some things. And there was obviously the personal data. That was a concern, but also the Ukraine stuff, some of these players that were involved, and then the amount of money that was involved. That started to throw up red flags because people do horrible things over money.”
Isaac said the notoriety forced him to close his repair shop and is currently taking woodworking classes for a potential change of career. He said that although he hails from a conservative family, he is speaking out now to clear his name and counter false allegations.
“If I can shine a light on the bias of the media and the bias of social media … then that’s great,” he told Just the News. “I think that’s gone on long enough. But mainly get the truth out.”
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