Hunter Biden's lawyers have filed a lawsuit accusing a former Trump-era White House aide of launching a “sustained, relentless and obsessive campaign” against the president's son Joe Biden and the Biden family, including hacking the alleged contents of a laptop.
Since leaving Donald Trump's administration, Garrett Ziegler has “devoted most of his time and energy to awakening the access, falsification, manipulation, modification, copying and other use” of compromised computer and iPhone data, emails and photos , according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California on Sept. 13.
“While Defendant Ziegler is entitled to his extremist and counterfactual views, he is not entitled to engage in illegal activities to advance his right-wing agenda,” the suit claims.
Mr Ziegler, a former aide to recently convicted White House aide Peter Navarro, and his non-profit group were central to the release of a compromised hard drive allegedly belonging to the younger Biden, who now claims the data appears to have falsified before and after. Mr. Ziegler got it.
It now charges Mr. Ziegler with violating California's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, which allows individuals to bring legal action against others who allegedly accessed their computers or data without permission.
Mr. Biden also alleges that Ziegler and his team illegally accessed his iPhone and linked his iCloud account “bypassing technical or code-based barriers” designed to prevent such access.
The lawsuit demands that the defendants “cease their illegal activities” and return “any data in their possession,” but “they have categorically and publicly refused to do so,” according to the suit.
“Instead of complying, the defendants have redoubled their illegal actions and vowed to continue to violate the law with impunity, thereby necessitating this action,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also notes recent comments by Mr. Ziegler suggesting that any attempts to serve him with a suit would be met with force: “If the son of the President of the United States sends a proxy … to trespass on my property, they will blow the f****** brains out.”
The allegations surrounding the laptop — which included the release of emails and nude photos of the president's son — have fueled political campaigns surrounding the 2020 presidential election, federal investigations and investigations in the Republican-led Congress.
In March, Biden's lawyers sued the computer repair shop owner who allegedly obtained the data.
Since leaving the Trump administration, Mr. Ziegler's team has released thousands of emails and photos purported to be from the laptop, what Mr. Ziegler called a “modern Rosetta Stone of white- and blue-collar crime under the patina of ‘The Delaware Way'.
“Defendants not only admit to accessing, tampering with, manipulating, and copying Plaintiff's data from Plaintiff's ‘laptop' computer without Plaintiff's permission or consent, but regularly brag about their illegal activities in interviews with members of the media news, social media and right-wing podcasts,” according to the lawsuit.
Biden's lawsuit comes a day after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced an impeachment inquiry into President Biden following Democratic Party allegations that he was involved in and benefited from his son's business dealings.
This is a developing story