Hunter Biden has taken legal action against a former Trump White House aide, Garrett Ziegler, whom he alleges played a role in the dissemination of a vast trove of his personal data, including tens of thousands of emails, thousands of photos, and numerous videos and recordings. This legal move by Biden seeks to hold Ziegler accountable for allegedly breaching computer fraud laws in the state.
The lawsuit contends that Ziegler, previously an aide to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, engaged in unauthorized activities involving Hunter Biden’s data, which included accessing, tampering with, manipulating, altering, copying, and damaging computer information that did not belong to him. The data in question had originally been stored on Biden’s well-known laptop, which had been left at a Delaware repair shop.
Although there was an initial dispute regarding the authenticity of the laptop’s contents, with some labeling it as Russian disinformation shortly before the 2020 election, multiple media outlets, including the Washington Examiner, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, have since confirmed its legitimacy.
The lawsuit outlines how Ziegler, along with ten unidentified co-defendants, allegedly acquired Hunter Biden’s data and proceeded to distribute the vast collection of emails, photos, videos, and recordings on the internet. Hunter Biden is seeking a jury trial to determine appropriate damages and is also pursuing an injunction to prevent Ziegler from further accessing or tampering with his data.
Attorneys representing Hunter Biden emphasized that while Ziegler is entitled to his own opinions, he has no right to engage in illegal activities to promote his right-wing agenda. They pointed out that Ziegler and his purported “nonprofit research group” have allegedly engaged in such illegal actions and have openly boasted about them in media interviews, on social media platforms, and on right-wing podcasts.
This lawsuit follows a previous legal action in which Hunter Biden sued John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the computer repair shop, asserting that he lacked the legal right to distribute private information. Additionally, it coincides with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s announcement of a House committee’s decision to initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s family’s business dealings.
It is noteworthy that a potential plea agreement between Hunter Biden and the Justice Department fell through recently. The failure to reach an agreement led to Biden pleading not guilty to charges related to failure to pay taxes on over $1.5 million in income for the years 2017 and 2018, despite owing more than $100,000 in taxes. Moreover, he may also face charges related to a firearm.