Add Lev Parnas to the list of folks who are more than a little unsure about what to make of this latest Hunter Biden laptop story.
The tale emerged several days ago after the New York Post published emailed allegedly gleaned from the “laptop from Hell” – as Donald Trump has named it.
Then, late on Saturday night, some extremely controversial material that purportedly came from the device was posted to the world wide web by a Chinese news site with links to former White House counsel Steve Bannon, and included graphic depictions of drug use and sexual relations.
[Author’s note: We won’t be linking to that material due to both the graphic nature of the alleged images, as well as its current lack of authentication.]
And while social media sites continue to suppress the story, one of Rudy Giuliani’s former acquaintances is warning the world not to take the laptop story too seriously.
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was offered salacious photos and other documents belonging to Joe Biden’s son Hunter in the spring of 2019, earlier than previously known, according to one of Giuliani’s closest former associates.
And the alleged offer came from an intriguing source: a Ukrainian oligarch looking for help with a potential legal jam.
The claim made by Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-born businessman who was indicted last year on campaign finance charges, raises new questions about the provenance of the materials Giuliani has said he obtained recently from a computer repair shop in Delaware — and that he is now touting to accuse the Democratic nominee of corruption.
Parnas, who collaborated with Giuliani on the former New York mayor’s quest to find damaging information on the Bidens beginning in late 2018, now says that similar materials were being offered to Giuliani just weeks after Joe Biden launched his presidential run.
“It was May 30, 2019 when we first heard about this stuff,” Parnas said in an interview this week.
Currently, it is said that a computer repair shop owner in New York was responsible for taking the materials to the public, but Parnas’ assertions could change all that.
The computer repair shop owner, a Trump supporter named John Paul Mac Isaac, has told the following story: An unknown man dropped off three damaged laptops at his store in April 2019, then did not return to claim them. Isaac surmised the laptops belonged to Hunter Biden, but he could not reach him to return the devices. So he made copies of the hard drives and shared them with an attorney for Giuliani, according to accounts he gave the New York Post and other news outlets. He also at some point engaged with the FBI, though he has given conflicting accounts of whether he first contacted the bureau or vice versa.
But according to Parnas, Giuliani was first told about the existence of explicit photos — which he said included pictures of Hunter Biden with a crack pipe in his mouth and engaging in sexual acts — and private communications pertaining to Hunter and Joe Biden on May 30, 2019. The timing of the meeting also suggests Giuliani was made aware of these materials well before Mac Isaac first made contact with either the FBI in December 2019 or with Giuliani’s lawyer, who Mac Isaac gave the alleged hard drive on Aug. 29, 2020, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Of course, should the photos turn out to be legitimate, the story of how they came into the public eye will be considered a negligible nuance of the narrative at large.
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