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Delaware computer shop owner who blew whistle on Hunter Biden laptop takes legal action against Schiff, media

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The computer repairman who brew the whistle on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal is taking action against politicians and media outlets that falsely accused him of being part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

What is the background?

After the New York Post broke the laptop story just weeks before the 2020 presidential election, Democrats and the media worked overtime to dismiss the story as Russian disinformation.

For example, the media peddled a letter from more than 50 former "senior intelligence officials" that claimed, without evidence, the laptop story had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

Then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, however, quickly disputed these claims, explicitly saying the laptop was "not part of some Russian disinformation campaign." Still, the media doubted the veracity of the story until news outlets began quietly authenticating the contents of the laptop hard drive.

What is happening now?

John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the Delaware computer shop, filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), CNN, Politico, and the Daily Beast, the New York Post reported.

Mac Isaac purportedly took possession of the laptop in 2019 after it was dropped off at his repair shop but never retrieved. The FBI took possession of the computer in December 2019, but Mac Isaac retained a copy of the hard drive. He then gave a copy to Rudy Giuliani, who provided it to the New York Post.

Mac Isaac filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County, Maryland. His attorney, Brian Della Rocca, told the New York Post that his client is seeking "at least $1 million in compensatory damages [and] punitive damages which will be the much bigger number and will be determined at trial." Mac Isaac was forced to close his business and temporarily move after the story broke.

Specifically, Mac Isaac accuses Schiff of sharing "with CNN and its viewers a complete and utter lie" when he told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer after the laptop story broke that the "whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin."

The lawsuit accuses CNN of broadcasting a "false and defamatory story" that essentially amounted to accusing Mac Isaac of "committing an infamous crime, i.e., treason by working with the Russians to commit a crime against the United States of America by attempting to undermine American democracy and the 2020 Presidential election."

Meanwhile, the lawsuit knocks the Daily Beast for describing the laptop hard drive as being "purloined" and targets Politico for the story about the former intelligence officials who claimed the laptop was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Rocca told the Post that Mac Isaac "suffered immensely at the false statements spread about those who brought the information on Hunter Biden’s laptop to everyone’s attention.

"He has lost his business, friendships, and his honorable standing in his community. This lawsuit is to attempt to repair a small portion of that damage caused by the defendants in the suit," the lawyer explained. "We intend to show that their actions were intentionally malicious."

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