The existence of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop was confirmed in a report published by the New York Times about the federal probe into the first son’s tax filings.
The laptop was ditched at a Delaware repair shop in April of 2019. “The laptop’s hard drive contained a trove of emails, text messages, photos and financial documents between Hunter Biden, his family and business associates,” reported the New York Post.
The documents detailed “how the president’s son used his political leverage in his overseas business dealings”. The FBI seized the device and its hard drive after the shop owner reported it.
“Those emails were obtained by The New York Times from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop. The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation,” said the Times.
In Oct. 2020, the Times suggested that there was no meeting between Joe Biden and an official from Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company for which Hunter was a board member. In the new report, the Times said the meeting likely did happen.
On other occasions, the Times said the laptop information was “purported,” shared a letter from former Democratic officials who said it was Russian disinformation, and called it “unsubstantiated”.
The New York Post, which was once banned on Twitter for sharing materials related to the story, pointed out that the Times didn’t authenticate the laptop.
“Unlike The Post’s reporting, which detailed exactly how we got the files and where they came from, the Times does a hand wave to anonymous sources. No facts have changed since fall 2020. They knew the laptop was real from the start,” said the Post.
Hunter Biden has been under investigation for failing to pay taxes for years and the Times report also revealed how he paid off a tax liability of over $1 million.