'What Wasn't in Hunter Biden's Book' and the Authenticity of the Laptop

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The Daily Mail published a story on the things that aren’t in Hunter Biden’s book but were on his laptop.

It’s a dive down a rabbit hole into some really dissolute behavior on the part of Hunter Biden.

But there are a few things that stand out, beyond all the drugs and the sexcapades.

First, the forensic experts that the Daily Mail employed to determine the validity of the laptop, Maryman & Associates, confirmed that, in their opinion, the laptop drive “appeared to be authentic” based on all the timestamps, the nature of the information and there was no evidence of tampering. Now, there probably wasn’t any doubt in anyone on the right’s mind that it was, in fact, Hunter’s laptop, but these forensic experts are now affirming it.

Hunter also, of course, recently admitted it “could be” his, a slap in the face after all the ridiculous efforts of Democrats and some media to paint it as some kind of Russian disinformation.

There were a lot of exchanges with his father where he ranted at him. Hunter begged him to run for president to redeem his own reputation for example.

‘Your team just made me the uncontrollable troubled tax cheat philanderer sex and drug addict that you tried so hard to fix but couldn’t yt. They just totally wrote my life away,’ he wrote.

‘If you dont run ill never have a chance at redemption.’

Joe Biden also indicated during the exchanges that he thought it was possible he might be being hacked. “Be careful what you text. Likely I’m being hacked,” he told Hunter in one text.

The Daily Mail alleged that the laptop was full of evidence suggesting criminal activity including drugs and prostitution. They allege Hunter posted videos of himself on Pornhub in explicit activities with women and they post some of the pictures. Those kinds of pictures are mixed in with family pictures on the laptop. As my colleague Jen Van Laar previously reported, this is why the laptop was a potential national security risk, because there was so much compromising material on it. Van Laar also covered the story about Hunter’s gun at that time and we’ve covered it at length since.

In 2018, Hailie Biden took a gun Hunter had and put it in a trash can from where it then disappeared. Hunter also may have lied about not being a drug user in filling out the form to get the gun. Politico said the Secret Service was involved in investigating the question of the gun. The Secret Service denies it. But the Daily Mail says texts on the laptop from Hunter to his therapist support Politico’s story that they were.

According to the Daily Mail, there also texts from earlier in 2018 that show Hunter was being guarded by a Secret Service agent during an alleged drug binge in Los Angeles.

In the messages, a Los Angeles-based Secret Service officer warned Hunter he would ‘have to assume you are in danger’ and commandeer keys to the room if he didn’t come out.

The agent added that he was working on ‘Celtic’s account’, an apparent code name for a senior politician under protection, and told the president’s son ‘DC is calling me every 10.’

What’s problematic about that is that Hunter wasn’t entitled to any Secret Service protection in 2018 because his father was no longer Vice President nor was he yet a candidate for president eligible for coverage. Former Vice Presidents receive protection for six months after they leave office. So why did was he getting Secret Service protection in 2018? This is also problematic because the Secret Service has denied that he did receive any protection. So what’s the truth here?